Rangers in the Mix to Possibly Lure Lance Berkman Away From Retirement

Lance Berkman still hasn't made a decision on whether to retire or make another run at the game he has succeeded at for so long.  He is a free agent until he either signs or decides to retire, so there has been no shortage of interest.  The Texas Rangers have now thrown their name into the hat of possibilities.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says among the teams talking to Berkman are the Texas Rangers.  Berkman is a native of Texas, so the Rangers could give him an option outside of Houston who just signed Carlos Pena to be their DH.

Berkman missed most of the 2012 season because of injuries, but he had a massive 2011 season.  He can still produce, and given the chance to play everyday as a DH, Berkman could thrive in Texas.  He had to split time between the outfield and first base while playing in the National League, but the years and injuries have caught up to him.

Berkman hit .301/.412/.547 with 31 home runs in 2011.  However, in 2012 Berkman only appeared in 32 games and hit just .259/.381/.444.  Berkman has been one of the best switch-hitters of all-time in his career.  He has a career .296 batting average and has hit 360 home runs.  Texas, who has lost a lot of offensive production to trades and free agency this offseason, could use Berkman's power.

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