Saturday, July 31, 2010
Yankees Add Berkman, Look to Run Away with AL East
Another day, another All-Star added to the middle of the Yankees' lineup. The Yankees added Lance Berkman yesterday in a trade with the Astros for minor leaguers Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes. The 34-year-old comes with a hefty price tag, but the Astros are contributing $4MM or of the $7.1MM owed to Berkman and he can become a free agent after the season.
This move will make a lineup with no holes even more unstoppable. Where do you put Berkman - in the 5 or 6 hole? Berkman is a career .296 hitter with a .959 OPS and having a slower than usual season this year, but this may still be the beginning of the end for the rest of the AL East. Here's your new lineup:
And if the Yanks can ever squeeze in a quality starter before the trade deadline, the countdown will really start.
[NY Daily News]