The Yankees were interested in signing Lance Berkman to fill their vacant DH position, according to Ken Davidoff of the NY Post. Unfortunately, Berkman signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Texas Rangers instead.
Berkman played for the Yankees back in 2010 and let him walk after just 37 games, but they were interested in having him as their DH next year. About to turn 37 next month, Berkman does come with considerable risk at this age considering he only played in 32 games because of injuries. Still, he hit .259/.381/.444 last season so he could have been seen as an upgrade over Raul Ibanez.
It didn’t happen though and it is no big surprise that it didn’t considering the contract he got from the Rangers. Not only is it for a whopping $11 million, but it also comes with a vesting option for 2014 and we all know that the Yankees aren’t giving out multi-year deals. Throw in the fact that Berkman is a native Texan and it seems as if the Yankees had no chance.
Oh well. A reunion with Fat Elvis would have been nice.