The Dallas Morning News reports that St. Louis Cardinals' OF/1B Lance Berkman is of definite interest to the Texas Rangers. Yahoo Sports says Berkman has apparently cleared waivers.
Now, he's only under contract in St. Louis for the rest of this year. BUT ... having traded Colby Rasmus to Toronto for a bag of peanuts, and, of course, not knowing whether or not they'll resign The Machine, Albert Pujols, next year, the Cards surely are asking for more than a bag of peanuts from the stRangers for Fat Elvis. Will Texas pay, or will it sweat out Nelson Cruz's three weeks on the DL?
A reasonable, but by no means cheap, request? I'll take Ian Kinsler straight up. He's got a year left, relatively cheap, after this year, and would solidify 2B both offensively and defensively. Or a dice-roller of Mitch Moreland plus Brandon Webb, if you want something creative.
And, speaking of re-signing Pujols, circle Sept. 25 on your calendars. Cards host the Cubs. Last home game of the year. Is it Phat Albert's last game with the Birds?
Update: Obviously, this didn't go through. Too bad. The Kinsler option, especially, could have been a good one. That said, will the Cards re-sign Berkman?