Sunday, January 6, 2013

Thoughts on Berkman's signing with Dallas

As you likely know (or maybe you don't, since the news broke around the time the Texans kicked off against the Bengals), Lance Berkman signed a 1-year, $10m deal with the Rangers, with a vesting option for 2014, or a $1m buyout. Some thoughts, if you don't mind...

*It is very hard not to take it personally, isn't it? After asking for a trade in 2010, he signed with the Cardinals, which didn't go over so well in Astros County. Having won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, he then signs his next contract with the Dallas Rangers. So in his last two decisions, Berkman has signed contracts with the two teams the majority of Astros fans hate the most. 

*But wait! Berkman has nothing but nice things to say about the Astros:

The way that (the Astros) handled the negotiation and the way they communicated with me was second to none. I understood that they've got a lot of young guys they want to play and they are kind of on a rebuilding project. The fit wasn't exactly what either side needed, I guess you could say. I certainly have tremendous good will toward the Astros organization, and being a Houstonian I look forward to a continued relationship with those guys down the road.

Yeah, that's all well and good. When the Cardinals came to Houston for the first time in April 2011, Berkman didn't want to get booed. If, on March 31, Astros fans want to groan a little when he comes to the plate, that's fine with me. 

*That said, would you really want the Astros to spend $10m on a 36-year old DH with a history of knee injuries who was limited to 97 plate appearances thanks to being placed on the DL four separate times in 2012? Sure, he would have sold some tickets, but Lance does not fit what the organization has been about for the last 13 months. The team is trying to get younger and cheaper, not older and more expensive.

*He has made $114m in his career and won a World Series. If he wants to play, and a team will pay him $10m, good for him. If the Astros made that deal, they'd be crucified in the press (and, likely, here.)

*I still don't like the Dallas Rangers. 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your naming them the "Dallas" Rangers. They are not big enough for Texas. As for the $10M deal Berkman got; it's all about the money, even when it's not about the money, especially at his age.

Anonymous said...

Appears to me the team should have $10 mil laying around to waste considering the projected payroll and limitations on draft/IFA signings.

Anonymous said...

Why should I care if the team blows 10 million on an aging player? It isn't a multi-year deal... so once again, why should I care that the club is saving money? It's not like we'll see the savings show up on the field.

cardsjason said...

The only reason this signing bugs me is because of the comments he made about Houston being the first Texas team to when a world series. The guy has no obligation to the Astros, I just wish he would keep his mouth shut for once. All i can think about is the damage he did at MMP the year the cardinals won the WS.

Kent said...

Come on, Yasko. The Rangers are Tarrant County's team. More the Fort Worth Rangers. Dallasites constantly complain about having to drive all the way to Arlington to see them. Don't give them something they don't deserve.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like panic to force the Rangers to sign Fat Elvis to a huge contract.

John Royal said...

Remember, Berkman wanted to come back to Houston after his trade to the Yankees, but best-selling author Ed Wade said no thanks.

Reuben said...

Hindsight is 20/20, Royal. Would you have had them give up on Wallace before 2011? I suppose you could argue they should've eaten the entire $35ish mil remaining on Carlos Lee's contract and stuck Berkman in LF, but we all know that was never gonna happen, nor was it up to Ed Wade. Sorry, that is one move I cannot fault Wade for.

Anonymous said...

We don't need Berkman. He admitted he basically dogged it his last two seasons here. We don't need him later either. Bidge and Bagwell busted their buts the whole time they were here. Use them as former Astros spokesmen.

Anonymous said...

I heard someone from the Astros mgt. say once they would have to wait and see how the ticket sales went if they would explore free agency. Please... The way you fill the seats is by putting a team on the field. Berkman would have filled enough seats to pay for his salary. Put a major league team on the field and the fans will return.