Yankees Rumors: New York Interested in Lance Berkman

The New York Yankees are interested in free agent slugger Lance Berkman, according to Ken Davidoff of The New York Post, but it’s not clear if the veteran would consider returning to the Big Apple given the interest of clubs from his home state of Texas.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is a big believer in the home run. While his club has lived and died by it in the recent past, there is currently slated to be less long balls coming from the Yankees in 2013. Alex Rodriguez will be sidelined for at least the first half of the season, while Nick Swisher and Russell Martin have exited via free agency.

For this reason the Yankees could be looking to Berkman as a source of power that won’t require a long-term contract.

At this point, the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox have all expressed some level of interest in Berkman. He’s not sure if he’ll return for another season, but he did say that the Texas teams have a leg up on the competition.

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