Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
BERKMAN SIGNS WITH RANGERS: As we reported yesterday on CardsBlog, Lance Berkman signed a one-year deal worth $10 million with the Texas Rangers, including a vesting option and a $1 million buyout for 2014. For the full recap and my analysis, click here. I had the privilege of covering Lance Berkman during the 2011 season and he’s as great a guy in baseball as they come. I was there at Busch Stadium when he hit that single up the middle to tie it up 9-9 in Game 6, and to be honest, I can’t think of many other Cardinals who played with a team for just over a season and had such a positive impact on the organization as a whole.
WHO BERKMAN REJECTED: The Red Sox, Orioles, and Astros all showed a bit of interest in Berkman, but at the end of the day, Boston didn’t fit Berkman’s geographical needs, Baltimore didn’t want to pay him a significant amount, and the Astros never really got beyond discussing vague numbers with him.
FINAL NOTES: Berkman received an anti-inflammatory shot in his right knee last week to “jumpstart” his offseason workouts, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He will receive another one before Spring Training, but overall, he says his knee has responded well to the work he has been doing this winter. Also, Berkman and the Rangers will be coming to Busch Stadium June 21-23, their first time in St. Louis since the 2011 World Series.