Lance Berkman is currently enjoying a revival this year. After a less than stellar .248/.368/.413 slash line, 14 HR, 58 RBI and a 2.1 WAR in 2010, Berkman has found the fountain of youth in St. Louis. In posting a .289/.405/.570 slash line, 30 HR, 73 RBI and a 3.9 WAR in 2011, Berkman has reestablished himself as one of the premiere hitters in the majors.
Knowing that fact, it is shocking that he cleared waivers. There are numerous teams out there that could use a power bat (especially the Rangers), but he’s out there for everyone now. Even more surprising, Berkman is currently projecting as a Type A-free agent.
If the Indians acquired Berkman, they’d not only add some much needed power to their lineup, but they’d also get extra draft picks in next year’s draft to continue the rebuilding of the farm system. Also considering that Berkman’s owed just north of $1 million for the rest of the season, he’d be a great addition to a Tribe team straddling the line between competing and rebuilding. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, August 30, 2011