Interesting article from Jeff Passan on what Berkman thinks are the chances that he and Roy will be traded:
“I think it’s unlikely they’re going to work something out for Roy, and he’s a lot more attractive trade candidate for another team. It’s an even longer shot something’s going to happen with me...
...“The baseball landscape has changed. Teams value their prospects more than they ever have. I’m 34. I’m not having a great year. Who knows how many more years I’ve got left or what my production’s going to be? As a slugger, you get into your mid-to-late 30s, start struggling, and then it’s like you might be done. I don’t blame somebody for thinking that.”
And Berkman and Oswalt have their stories together, with Berkman being more specific than Roy on where he wants to be traded, referencing the Angels as a potential destination:
That wouldn’t be an automatic yes. That would be a long, hard thought. Especially because I’d rather go east than west. It would have to be a contender. There is absolutely no way I would consent to going somewhere that didn’t have a good chance not just to get to the playoffs, but to win the whole thing. That would be consideration No. 1.”
And Oswalt, who seems to be losing his grip on reality:
“I’ve heard a few things about money here and there. It all boils down to who needs starting pitching. It’s not about the money with some teams.”
This is interesting. Very interesting. Because after not hearing from Berkman for a while he pops up like a Whack-A-Mole and gives particulars: East, rather than West. Contender. "Absolutely no way." So while Lance wants to be traded - seemingly desperately - he sure is making a whole lot of noise about where he wants to go. And while Berkman says the landscape has changed, he and Roy are the ones changing that landscape.