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Berkman wants another year with 'rebuilding' Cardinals

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08:16 AM ET 08.25 | Have no fear, Cards fans. Lance Berkman would be perfectly happy to play a second year in St. Louis. The veteran outfielder told reporters on Wednesday that he intends to play in 2012, and that he'd love for it to be with the Cardinals. "I'm sure I'll play next year somewhere," he said. "Hopefully it will be here, but part of that is not up to me. ... Even if things don't go like we want them to this year, I still feel like this is not a team that is rebuilding. It's not a team that's very far away from being right where it needs to be." Asked if he would be open to advances from the club about a deal for next season, Berkman didn't hesitate. "Oh yeah, absolutely," he said. "This would be my first choice."

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August 25, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Lance Berkman is the "MAN"!!

August 25, 2011  08:44 AM ET

He's had a nice come back year but if they don't resign Albert it will be a different looking team.

August 25, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's had a nice come back year but if they don't resign Albert it will be a different looking team.

Very true. I love Berkman, but if Albert leaves I can't see where it makes sense to bring back Lance. Allen Craig needs to be in the lineup everyday.

August 25, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Berkman will be back...and Pujols will get signed...

1 reason : Chris Carpenter's salary.

He is in his last year at $16m and not worth anything close.

The Cards will get back Wainright and his 20 wins per, the will have Garcia, Lohse and company...

Letting Chris go will give the Cards more ammunition to sign Lance to something around $10m and give Albert his money.

I truly believe that with just getting Wainright back, the Cards will win 10 more games to this same point next season and that puts them in the NL Central lead.

August 25, 2011  09:16 AM ET

I think Cardinal fans should thank their lucky stars that they didn't get the Berkman of 09 and 10. Don't push your luck. Let some other sad sack team like the Cubs overpay for his decline and injuries next year.

August 25, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Yeah Lance does well in th NL

August 25, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Everything about the Cards revolves around re-signing Pujols - but management is going to have to make some tough decisions regardless about who stays and who goes. Personally I would rather have Carpenter than Berkman.

August 25, 2011  09:38 AM ET

Why does the headline and the article not match?


Kinda like the Cards season..........................

August 25, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Berkman will be back...and Pujols will get signed...1 reason : Chris Carpenter's salary.He is in his last year at $16m and not worth anything close.The Cards will get back Wainright and his 20 wins per, the will have Garcia, Lohse and company...Letting Chris go will give the Cards more ammunition to sign Lance to something around $10m and give Albert his money.I truly believe that with just getting Wainright back, the Cards will win 10 more games to this same point next season and that puts them in the NL Central lead.

I agree that if Albert signs, it is much more likely that Berkman comes back.

Carpenter is a tough decision. At 37, he's likely not worth the $15M option they have on him for next year, but Wainwright is still a question mark. If he's even ready for opening day, will he return to ace status in 2012? I can't see a less than 100% Wainwright, Garcia, Lohse and Westbrook heading a contending rotation next year.

August 25, 2011  10:24 AM ET
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Carpenter is a tough decision. At 37, he's likely not worth the $15M option they have on him for next year, but Wainwright is still a question mark. If he's even ready for opening day, will he return to ace status in 2012? I can't see a less than 100% Wainwright, Garcia, Lohse and Westbrook heading a contending rotation next year.

Big question marks, but I agree Carpenter will be gone. He's not worth $15M off this year's performance. That frees up salary to resign Pujols, though I'm not sold on Berkman. With the season he's having he'll demand $13-15M, based off Pena & Werth's contracts.

August 25, 2011  10:28 AM ET

and another year of HGH

August 25, 2011  12:00 PM ET

Guess nobody has bothered to take a photo of Berkman in his 47 year career, good thing they found an action shot of Phat Albert to take up the space.

August 25, 2011  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I agree that if Albert signs, it is much more likely that Berkman comes back.Carpenter is a tough decision. At 37, he's likely not worth the $15M option they have on him for next year, but Wainwright is still a question mark. If he's even ready for opening day, will he return to ace status in 2012? I can't see a less than 100% Wainwright, Garcia, Lohse and Westbrook heading a contending rotation next year.

Carp is not a tough decision...he is 37 and they will not give him $15m next season....he is worth more like $7-8m...they will let him test free agency and hope that they can get him for half.

Wainright will be fine...his injury was at the tip of Spring Training...he will have plenty of rehab and starts next spring to get back into form.

Carp did it a few years ago, as well as Garcia.

The Cards with an 80% Wainright is still 15 wins and I will take that because if he did have 15 wins this season, that is 7-8 more than we have now...granted, we would not be in 1st, but, we would only be a game or two back.

If we have Wainright at 80%, Garcia and then Carpenter at half his current deal, that leaves Lohse and Westbrook to round out the starting 5.

Granted, that does not beat Philly, but until the Cards up their payroll by 80m per season, we are never going to have the arms they do.

August 25, 2011  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Guess nobody has bothered to take a photo of Berkman in his 47 year career, good thing they found an action shot of Phat Albert to take up the space.

Too funny.

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August 25, 2011  06:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's had a nice come back year but if they don't resign Albert it will be a different looking team.

at the end albert would be the great answer to berkman deal, the cards will be unable to sign pujols so best chances are for berkman,fielder, pena, morales from the angels,and on top of that the cardenals could have extra money for a new general manager!!

August 25, 2011  06:18 PM ET

tony larussa , why don't u step down. i have seen u make a few blunders but not like the one monday. u panicked and walked the cards into a sweep. damn dodgers didn't beat u but u beat urslf. i think u r a has been, can't think straight. frankly i don't think u knw if ur coming or going but, referrabley, like to see u going. bye, adios.

August 25, 2011  06:30 PM ET
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tony larussa , why don't u step down. i have seen u make a few blunders but not like the one monday. u panicked and walked the cards into a sweep. damn dodgers didn't beat u but u beat urslf. i think u r a has been, can't think straight. frankly i don't think u knw if ur coming or going but, referrabley, like to see u going. bye, adios.

TL should being gone long time ago, it seems as if he lose the spark and the joy for the game, after all everything has a start and end and for TL its time to move on, the team being with the best lineup good rotation, and good offense team, the only problem has being the manager manager!!

August 25, 2011  06:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lance Berkman is the "MAN"!!

used to be the man

 
August 25, 2011  07:40 PM ET

Berkman is a great pure hitting talent. In my opinion he's one of the best in the game. The reason you had the 09-10 Berkman wasn't from lack of talent, it was a lack of commitment and desire. Berkman admitted he wasn't as into it since the Astros were so bad.

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