I’ve always liked Lance Berkman. He’s always seemed like a solid guy. A good ol’ Texas boy who just likes to go out and hit some baseballs. He’s never been one of those workout-crazed, way-too-into-it guys. He just seems like the kind of guy who likes playing baseball and has a ton of natural talent. So despite the fact that he finished last season with the New York Yankees, I really have no beef with him.
That said, according to some of the latest reports surfacing about his current free agency, Lance Berkman is delusional.
After a season in which he hit just .248 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI, and was traded by the franchise he had always called home and was a hero to, Berkman wants to get paid dammit.
Reports are swirling that the 34-year-old Berkman wants somewhere between $8 million and $10 million to play next year. Huh? That’s a joke right? I mean, Berkman is known to be a prankster and has never been above above a good-natured practical joke.
Right now the Rockies are supposed to be going after Berkman the hardest and frankly it’s a perfect fit. Berkman could go there, resurrect his career by posting inflated numbers for a year, then hit free agency again next season. Hell, with the amount of money he’ll rake in if he has a great year, he should be begging the Rockies to take him on the cheap. You know a team like the Tigers or White Sox would sign him to a multi-year deal based on inflated numbers and make him their DH after next season. They do that stuff all the time. Berkman also has the same agent as Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.
But as of right now, Berkman is pricing himself out of the Rockies’ range, considering they just dropped an astounding (and moronic) $155 million on two players (Troy Tulowitzki and Jorge De La Rosa), they don’t exactly have that kind of cash laying around.
Let’s just remember that Berkman is coming off of his two worst seasons of his career. In 2009 he hit .274 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in Houston’s bandbox of a park.
The Rockies are a perfect fit but if he doesn’t relent on his contract demands they may go in a different direction and leave him choosing between the Blue Jays and A’s, neither of whom will be able to pay him the type of cash he’s looking for.