Results tagged ‘ Lance Berkman ’

12/4 A-Gone to Cubs, Red Sox?

The Cubs and Red Sox are reportedly in talks with the Padres about first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. This is the last year of Gonzalez’s contract with San Diego. FoxSports.com reports that the Padres are looking for young prospects in exchange, and want Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner in the deal. The Red Sox have been pursuing Gonzalez, 28, for some time. The Cubs also are talking to agents for free agent first basemen Carlos Pena and Lance Berkman. Team officials will gather in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Winter Meetings starting Saturday. Expect talks to heat up.

– Carrie Muskat

11/23 Berkman wants to play

The Cubs are in pursuit of a first baseman this offseason and one option
could be Lance Berkman. He told FoxSports.com that the Cubs are one of
the teams that has talked to his agent. Berkman said the A’s have been
the “most aggressive” but they want someone who will DH. He would like to return to
the National League, which would work in the Cubs’ favor. Berkman made $14.5
million last season and would have to accept less money to sign with the
Cubs.

Berkman, who will be 35 on Feb. 10, said he was limited in 2010 after arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee.

“I’m
probably viewed as a declining player,” Berkman told FoxSports.com. “I
don’t blame teams for thinking like that. But I don’t view myself that
way. If I was to honestly assess where I’m at, I feel like last year was
the result of me being hurt.

“My knee was hurt all year. The
kind of injury I had prevented me from using my legs when I hit. In my
mind, I can scratch that off and say that I’ll be healthy next year, be
the player I was prior to the 2009 season. That’s kind of how I’m
looking at it.

“Obviously, I’ve got to get an opportunity,” he said. “I’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

– Carrie Muskat

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