The Yankees acquired Lance Berkman, who had a no trade clause, at the trade deadline last season and part of getting him to waive that NTC was an agreement that they wouldn’t pick up his $15 million option.
It was then that we knew he wouldn’t be staying long and yesterday he made it official when he signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $8 million.
The Yankees didn’t offer the Type-B free agent arbitration after the Astros stated publically earlier this offseason that they wouldn’t take him back in 2011. So the Yankees get no draft picks with him signing else where.
His overall numbers with the Yankees weren’t impressive, but he did play decent ball for them down the final stretch in September. During the final month of the season he played 25 games hitting .299 with a .793 OPS. He was also a big contributor in the ALDS against the Twins, picking up a game winning home run in his only game.
All in all it wasn’t a terrible deal for the Yankees who only had to give up minor league infielder Jimmy Paredes and disappointing prospect RHP Mark Melancon to get him. Too bad they couldn’t get that draft pick though.