Lance Berkman has begun the process of narrowing down offers from American League teams. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Lance Berkman has received two offers from a group of American League teams including the Orioles, Rangers and Rays, he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He declined to name which two teams had submitted offers.
Berkman, 36, said he's in a "good spot" and not "overwrought" about selecting which team he'll play for in 2013.
The six-time All-Star has been targeted as a designated hitter after knee injuries and surgery limited him to .259, 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in 32 games and 97 at-bats in 2012. It's a role the 14-year veteran is willing to embrace.
“You want to play as much as you can,” Berkman said. “If I can play, I want to play. I’ll give the team everything I have.”
While the signing of Carlos Pena appears to have taken Berkman's hometown Astros out of the market for a veteran DH, he said it will take more than just the Rangers' geographic proximity to sway his decision.
“In a way they have to buy me out of retirement, and I know that sounds crass — I wish it didn’t — but it’s a big commitment, it can put a strain on the family,” said Berkman, who has been working with Rice University’s baseball team this winter. “If I’m going to play, I’m going to give my heart and soul to the team. But if the carrot’s not big enough, the mule isn’t going to want to go.”