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Cardinals sign Berkman to extension

Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: September 22, 2011 11:42 am
 
The Cardinals have signed Lance Berkman to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday morning. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Berkman will get $12 million.

Berkman, who will turn 36 in February, has been one of the more pleasant surprises this year. He was an early candidate for National League MVP, and while he won't win it, his numbers (31 home runs, 91 RBI and a .967 OPS) are still outstanding. Berkman leads the league in OPS+, which attempts to adjust numbers based on a player's ballpark.

Berkman is the second Cardinal to sign an extension this month, joining pitcher Chris Carpenter, as the Cardinals clear their offseason schedule to deal with Albert Pujols. While the thinking in baseball has been that Pujols is most likely to stay in St. Louis, that's hardly guaranteed.

Berkman has been a much better than expected defender in right field this year, but he could become the Cardinals first baseman if Pujols leaves.

Berkman's career seemed to be nearing an end last year, when he hit just .245 in the final 85 games of his 12-year career with the Astros, then didn't contribute much to the Yankees after going to New York in a midseason trade. The Cardinals were widely panned for their decision to sign him to an $8 million, one-year contract, especially since Pujols' presence meant that Berkman would be playing more or less exclusively in the outfield.

Even this spring, when Berkman was limited by a sore elbow, the deal seemed like a big risk.

But it worked out, so well that there's no question it's the right move by the Cards to bring Berkman back for another year.

Category: MLB
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