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With four teams chasing, Berkman waits for big offer

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07:37 AM ET 11.20 | Free-agent first baseman Lance Berkman finds himself in a pretty nice place. [Berkman] has received interest from four major league teams. Berkman, the new volunteer assistant coach at Rice, said Monday he has been contacted by the Red Sox, Rays, Phillies and Astros. He described the talks as in the 'tire-kicking mode.' "They feel like if I can stay healthy that I can help their ballclub, and obviously that's flattering," Berkman said. Berkman said he has not made a decision whether he will play a 15th major-league season. He said he is 'wide-open' as far as timetable to make a decision. "I'm waiting to be blown away by an offer," he said. "If I'm not, I'll be out (at Rice)."

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November 20, 2012  07:54 AM ET

He might be able to stay in the lineup as a DH. He gave the Cardinals a great year in 2011and nothing in 2012. It all worked out fairly even. He was a huge bargain in 2011 and a bad deal last year.

I wish him luck, he was a big part of the championship team.

November 20, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Astros!!!!

November 20, 2012  09:19 AM ET

The Phillies must be interested in forming a Fountain of Youth team if they are thinking of adding Berkman to their already older team.

November 20, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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He might be able to stay in the lineup as a DH. He gave the Cardinals a great year in 2011and nothing in 2012. It all worked out fairly even. He was a huge bargain in 2011 and a bad deal last year.I wish him luck, he was a big part of the championship team.

It would be good to see him play in St Louis again and have another good year or two.

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November 20, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He might be able to stay in the lineup as a DH. He gave the Cardinals a great year in 2011and nothing in 2012. It all worked out fairly even. He was a huge bargain in 2011 and a bad deal last year.I wish him luck, he was a big part of the championship team.

Well said. Great guy and great teammate. I also wish him well, and I'd like to see him play another year or two.

November 20, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Sounds like a guy who's ready to retire. Please Boston, stay away from this guy.

November 20, 2012  12:13 PM ET

been healthy its a most for free agent berkman can he hold up in one solo piece? or he would likely stay at the DL most of the time next season??

November 20, 2012  12:14 PM ET

the astros should throw the hook and see if they can get any deal with either bj upton or josh hamilton,,,,,,

November 20, 2012  12:16 PM ET

berkman could be a lost deal/hamilton a productive hitter/ bj upton could give a boost in the houston team,,,,

November 20, 2012  01:30 PM ET

Don't see Tampa signing him unless they can get him on the low end which based on this article isn't going to happen.

November 20, 2012  02:13 PM ET

so either millions to play or volunteer to coach........hmmm... i wonder which option his agent is pushing for .

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November 20, 2012  05:50 PM ET

wiseup:Berkman's idea of a big contract and team's version of a big contract is a wide gap. Berkman would be a good fit as a DH in Houston. Bekman could be a leader for younger guys on team and teach them how to play the game the right way. It sounds strange talking about a DH in Houston.

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November 21, 2012  05:06 PM ET

He said he is 'wide-open' as far as timetable to make a decision. "I'm waiting to be blown .....

Is he allowed to say that?

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