Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers were able to convince free-agent 1B/OF Lance Berkman to sign with the team, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: #Rangers finalizing agreement with Berkman. Deal expected to be one year. Vesting option possible.As you can see in the tweet above, it is expected to be a one-year deal, and there is a possible vesting option for the 2014 season.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 5, 2013
This might not be the deal Rangers' fans were looking for to counter what the Angels have done this offseason, but they'll just have to live with it.
Berkman is a 36-year-old 1B/OF, but moving over to the AL will allow him to DH. This may have been the deciding factor for Berkman, as he may not be have been able to play everyday in a National League setting.
In 14 major league seasons, the switch-hitting slugger has hit .296/.409/.544 while roping 412 doubles and smacking 360 home runs in 7,520 plate appearances. I think this is a good addition to an already strong Texas lineup. With that being said, the lineup is still just the second -- maybe third -- best that the AL West has to offer.