MLB rumors: Lance Berkman Will Listen to Offers

Lance Berkman was leaning towards retirement prior to the end of the St. Louis Cardinals’ season, but the veteran slugger is now saying that he’s “not real sure” about his future, reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While he doesn’t know what’s going to happen or what his thought process will be, Berkman told Strauss that he’s willing to listen to contract offers this offseason before making a decision.

"I think it would behoove me to at least listen if there is an offer out there," he said. "But honestly I don't know what is going to happen or what's going to be my thought process."

 A knee injury significantly limited Berkman this year, but the 36-year-old said he plans on rehabbing as though he was preparing for the 2013 season this winter. When Berkman was healthy enough to play he proved a productive hitter for the Cardinals. Over 81 at-bats he hit .259/.381/.444 with seven doubles and two home runs.

Strauss notes that Berkman could wait until late into the winter to make a decision regarding his future. He could be a fit as a designated hitter for an American League club or he could remain in the National League as a first baseman/outfielder.

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