The Houston Astros closed their second blockbuster trade in as many days, sending Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees. Berkman has reportedly waived his no trade clause, but the deal cannot be completed until Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the full 24 hour window for Berkman to use his rights.
The switch-hitting Berkman has played outfield for the Astros in the past, but has served primarily as a first baseman of late. Because the Yankees have Mark Teixiera, a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman already, Berkman would figure to be a designated hitter candidate moving forward for the Bronx Bombers.
Berkman's stock has to be considered thru the roof for fantasy owners right now, moving from the laughable Astros batting order to the Yankees. With the relatively short fences down both lines in the new Yankees Stadium, Berkman could see a power explosion batting around the likes of Teixiera, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter.
Berkman, 34, has 13 homers, 49 RBIs and a .245 batting average in the final year of his contract. He has a $15M option for next year, but the belief is that the Yankees are renting Berkman.