St. Louis Cardinals sign Lance Berkman

1/$8mil.

I like, but don’t like this deal.

Pros:

1) Offense. Berkman isn’t the player he was in the past, but I am still a believer that he can be a productive hitter- better than his production last season. Outside Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, the Cardinals have no offense. So he Berkman provides an upgrade there.

2) It’s a fair deal. I think he will earn about 2 WAR. So that will probably come to a little more than $8mil.

Cons:

1) Defense. He will be playing left field. It’s been three seasons since Berkman has played outfield and he was never great there to begin with. With the way his lower body has treated him lately, I can only imagine the nightmare he will be. He might generate a lot of value hitting, but he could give it all away with the glove. Plus, it means Holliday will move to right. Holliday should handle right field, but you know he is a good fielder in left so why chance it? If Berkman doesn’t hit, this could be a major sunken cost for St. Louis.

 

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