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    If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    What would you be willing to give up for the Reds to pick him up? Assume he would waive his no trade clause. He is 33 and signed through 2010 with a club option for 2011. Option is for $15million or $2 million buyout. I am not sure of the numbers for next year. He is making 14.5 this year and each of the past 3 or 4 years.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Can we arrange it so that he only hits off our pitching too?
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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Would he be able to play left? I don't really know his status on that--except that I know he once played OF a while back.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Same question as FCB, can he still play the OF? I still can't believe he ever played CF, in fact I never thought he was a good fit in CF when he played it, but perhaps good enough to get his bat into that version of the Killer B's offense.

    anyhoo, assuming he can play LF, and assuming that part of the deal would require the Reds to pick up his 2011 option, that pretty much makes Yonder Alonso available. Throw in Homer and I'd think about it.

    Berkman has been down pretty much this season, save his usual dominance on the Reds Pitching staff. Is this a case of a player on the decline or a player just in an early season slump that will be hitting near his career norms by season's end.

    I think something similar to the combination of Yonder & Homer would be the starting point for the Stros and if I'm the Reds I'm thinking I'm going to hold tight and look for a better fit. In an ideal world, Yonder is ready to man 1st next year, w/ Votto taking over LF. I'd be more in the market for a 1 year Right Handed power bat to play LF or a long term SS option.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Berkman's a "put-you-over-the-top" bat. Zero question about it.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    I doubt that Berkman would be made available to a team within the central division.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Bailey View Post
    I doubt that Berkman would be made available to a team within the central division.
    Teams do strange stuff when you offer to take big contracts off their hands. Which means the Reds will not be in the hunt.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Heck I would throw in a decent prospect just to get him out of the NL Central. Think of how much better that would make the Reds? Trade Homer to the Astros and make them trade Oswalt and Berkman to an AL team.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Talk here in Houston is that Berkman and Oswalt are in the Biggio/Bagwell class of players- 99.9% chance they won't be moved.
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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...erkmla01.shtml
    It looks like he last played the OF in 07- 31 games in LF. His range has diminshed. I was surprised to see he has played more in LF than CF as I always think of him as a misplaced CF when thinking of him in the OF.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    He's a switch hitter. Walt and Dusty want a righty bat. They have no use for him.
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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Quote Originally Posted by wheels View Post
    He's a switch hitter. Walt and Dusty want a righty bat. They have no use for him.
    He's got jokes....

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    He's got jokes....

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    Seriously, though.

    In my fictional world, I'd offer Alonso and Bailey for him, just to see where it it would lead.

    How cool would it be to have Lance Berkman playing Left Field for the Reds?

    Oh, and (I forget who said it) don't worry about his "decline". He tore the cover off the ball last year, so I doubt he's fallen off a cliff or something.
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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    They can have any four players not on the major league roster for him... seriously...
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    and buckeye fans only a week and a half away from another embarrassing loss they'll be forever unable to reconcile though one would think they should be well used to the modern buckeye brand.

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    Re: If Lance Berkman becomes available....

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    They can have any four players not on the major league roster for him... seriously...
    Stubbs/Alonso/Bailey/Soto? I'd have a hard time parting with all of those prospects with the chance of facing them within our division for the next 8-10 years for one guy who is somewhat of an injury/age risk.


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