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Lance Berkman

38-Year-Old First Baseman – Free Agent

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Texas' investment in Berkman failed to pay off, as the veteran struggled with injuries all year after a productive April (.319/.449/.486) and logged just 12 second-half at-bats. He's a free agent as a...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: B   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 220   DOB: 2/10/1976   BORN: Waco, TX   COLLEGE: Rice   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Lance Berkman Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Rangers in January 2013.

January 29, 2014  –  Lance Berkman News

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Lance Berkman Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 29 AAA ROU 4 17 14 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .286 .412 .357 .769
2005 29 MAJ HOU 132 565 468 76 137 59 34 1 24 82 4 1 91 72 0 2 4 .293 .411 .524 .934
2006 30 MAJ HOU 152 646 536 95 169 74 29 0 45 136 3 2 98 106 0 8 4 .315 .420 .621 1.041
2007 31 MAJ HOU 153 668 561 95 156 60 24 2 34 102 7 3 94 125 0 5 8 .278 .386 .510 .896
2008 32 MAJ HOU 159 665 554 114 173 79 46 4 29 106 18 4 99 108 0 5 7 .312 .420 .567 .986
2009 33 MAJ HOU 136 562 460 73 126 57 31 1 25 80 7 4 97 98 0 4 1 .274 .399 .509 .907
2010 34 AA Tre 2 9 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .250 .333 .250 .583
2010 34 AAA Rou 2 7 6 3 3 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .500 .429 1.333 1.762
2010 34 MAJ HOU 85 358 298 39 73 30 16 1 13 49 3 2 60 70 0 0 0 .245 .372 .436 .808
2010 34 MAJ NYY 37 123 106 9 27 8 7 0 1 9 0 0 17 15 0 0 0 .255 .358 .349 .707
2010  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ HOU/NYY 122 481 404 48 100 38 23 1 14 58 3 2 77 85 0 0 0 .248 .368 .413 .781
2011 35 MAJ STL 145 587 488 90 147 56 23 2 31 94 2 6 92 93 0 4 3 .301 .412 .547 .959
2012 36 AAA Mem 6 20 17 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 .235 .350 .294 .644
2012 36 MAJ STL 32 97 81 12 21 10 7 1 2 7 2 0 14 19 0 0 2 .259 .381 .444 .825
2013 37 AA Fri 2 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 .250 .571 .250 .821
2013 37 AAA Rou 2 7 7 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .429 .429 .857 1.286
2013 37 MAJ TEX 73 294 256 27 62 17 10 1 6 34 0 0 38 52 0 0 0 .242 .340 .359 .699
3-Year Averages MAJ   83 325 275 43 76 27 13 1 13 45 1 2 48 54 0 1 1 .276 .385 .473 .857
Career  (View All) MAJ   1879 7813 6491 1146 1905 818 422 30 366 1234 86 48 1201 1300 1 54 66 .293 .406 .537 .943

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Lance Berkman: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 4 65
2012 23
2011 21 126 16 110 2
2010 93 23
2009 131

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Lance Berkman Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20137183100.254.451.780
2012172120.176.412.712
2011101154140.277.455.804

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013185193240.238.324.669
20126410152.281.453.856
20113877527802.307.571.998

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013129133160.256.364.729
2012352042.286.371.714
2011224389401.295.473.878

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013127143180.228.354.669
20124610230.239.500.907
20112645222541.307.6101.028
Lance Berkman Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 29 AAA ROU 17 14 17.6% 23.5% 0.75 71% .400 .071
2005 29 MAJ HOU 565 468 16.1% 12.7% 1.26 85% .304 .231
2006 30 MAJ HOU 646 536 15.2% 16.4% 0.92 80% .322 .306
2007 31 MAJ HOU 668 561 14.1% 18.7% 0.75 78% .303 .232
2008 32 MAJ HOU 665 554 14.9% 16.2% 0.92 81% .345 .255
2009 33 MAJ HOU 562 460 17.3% 17.4% 0.99 79% .300 .235
2010 34 AA Tre 9 8 11.1% 33.3% 0.33 63% .400 .000
2010 34 AAA Rou 7 6 0% 28.6% 0.00 67% .667 .833
2010 34 MAJ HOU 358 298 16.8% 19.6% 0.86 77% .279 .191
2010 34 MAJ NYY 123 106 13.8% 12.2% 1.13 86% .289 .094
2010  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ HOU/NYY 481 404 16% 17.7% 0.91 79% .282 .165
2011 35 MAJ STL 587 488 15.7% 15.8% 0.99 81% .319 .246
2012 36 AAA Mem 20 17 15% 15% 1.00 82% .286 .059
2012 36 MAJ STL 97 81 14.4% 19.6% 0.74 77% .317 .185
2013 37 AA Fri 7 4 42.9% 14.3% 3.00 75% .333 .000
2013 37 AAA Rou 7 7 0% 14.3% 0.00 86% .400 .428
2013 37 MAJ TEX 294 256 12.9% 17.7% 0.73 80% .283 .117
3-Year Averages MAJ   325 275 14.8% 16.6% 0.89 80% .303 .197
Career MAJ   7813 6491 15.4% 16.6% 0.92 80% .319 .244

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Lance Berkman (by OPS, min 13 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Charlie Morton PIT 14 8 2 6 6 2 2 .571 1.357 2.057
Ross Ohlendorf WAS 16 8 3 7 3 2 1 .500 1.250 1.829
Jamey Wright LA 20 11 3 14 4 3 3 .550 1.200 1.825
LaTroy Hawkins COL 13 6 2 2 1 3 0 .462 1.077 1.577
Joaquin Benoit SD 15 6 3 5 2 3 0 .400 1.067 1.537
Mike Pelfrey MIN 13 6 2 6 1 1 1 .462 1.000 1.533
Ricky Nolasco MIN 15 6 1 4 3 2 1 .400 .933 1.433
Joel Pineiro CHI-N 19 7 2 5 2 2 2 .368 .789 1.218
Anibal Sanchez DET 14 6 0 2 4 2 0 .429 .643 1.198
Matt Cain SF 14 5 1 4 1 2 0 .357 .786 1.186

Worst Matchups for Lance Berkman (by OPS, min 13 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Tim Lincecum SF 19 4 0 2 6 8 0 .211 .263 .663
C.J. Wilson ANA 13 3 0 4 2 4 1 .231 .308 .641
Zach Duke MIL 27 6 0 4 5 3 1 .222 .259 .603
Dan Haren LA 18 4 0 1 1 5 0 .222 .333 .596
Hiroki Kuroda NY-A 16 4 0 0 2 2 0 .250 .250 .583
Paul Maholm LA 34 7 0 1 5 3 1 .206 .235 .543
Chad Billingsley LA 21 3 0 1 2 6 0 .143 .238 .455
Matt Garza MIL 18 3 0 1 3 6 0 .167 .167 .439
Randy Wolf AZ 33 3 0 1 6 8 1 .091 .152 .402
Shaun Marcum CLE 15 1 0 0 1 3 0 .067 .067 .192

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Lance Berkman: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Berkman is leaning towards retirement, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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The Rangers will not exercise Berkman's option for 2014, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Berkman is in the lineup Monday at designated hitter against the Rays, FOX Sports Southwest reports.

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Berkman has been scratched from Sunday's lineup.

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Berkman will serve as the designated hitter Sunday against the A's, FOX Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro reports.

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The Rangers will only use Berkman from the left side of the plate for the time being, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Berkman has been held out of the starting lineup for the past five games, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Berkman is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

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Berkman will likely be limited to hitting against right-handed pitching only, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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2014

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2013

It looked like the end of the road was near for The Big Puma, but then Texas threw him a $10 million life-line in January, so he's back for at least one more major league season. After a nice comeback year in 2011, the bottom fell out in 2012, as one injury after another (knee, calf) limited Berkman to just 81 at-bats. He's struggled against lefties for years, and he'll be an old 37 on Opening Day. But Berkman will be almost exclusively a DH in 2013, so it's possible the lack of defensive duties helps him stay healthy and turn in a nice statistical season.

2012

Berkman looked just about done this time last year, but it's safe to say that reports of his demise were exaggerated. While he couldn't keep up his red-hot start, it's important to note that he surpassed an .850 OPS in each month of the season. Of course his OBP was driving the OPS late in the season, as he hit just seven of his 31 home runs after the All-Star break. He had an .804 OPS against southpaws last year (after posting an abysmal .517 figure in 2010), which indicates he doesn't need to platoon. He might still wear down in 2012, but he should still be good for 130-140 games of above-average hitting, and a move back to first base should help his chances of remaining healthy.

2011

Berkman returns to the NL Central this season after spending the latter half of 2010 with the Yankees. His stint in the Bronx was largely a disappointment, as both his OBP (.358) and SLG (.349) were lower marks than he had posted in any of his previous 10 seasons as a full-time big leaguer. The evaporation of his home-run power was particularly troubling, as just 2.7 percent of his flyballs cleared the fence, a remarkable decline from his 14.7 percent career average. Considering his age and health issues, that is a legitimate cause for concern. Now in St. Louis, Berkman is penciled in to serve as the Cards' everyday left fielder.

2010

Berkman slumped miserably through the first two months of the season, hitting just .162 at the end of April and .230 on the last day of May. Just as he began to find his stroke, a calf injury knocked him out for a month. By season's end, he showed he was the same old Berkman we've come to know and love -- solid OPS, nearly 100 walks, a handful of steals from the corner-infield slot. He'll begin the 2010 season at age 34, which is officially "over the hill" in baseball years. When healthy, he'll continue to rake -- but with the Astros rebuilding, expect run and RBI totals more like 2009 than 2008.

2009

Berkman got off to the hottest start of his career in 2008 and although he slowed down as the year went on, he was the Astrosí most consistent offensive threat and ended up with great overall production. He hit .312/.420/.567 with 29 homers, 106 RBI and career highs in runs (114) and steals (18). Donít expect him to repeat the steals, but if you draft Berkman, you can put 30 homers and 100 RBI in the bank. He remains in the top tier of first basemen, just behind the elite options.

2008

Berkman had a down year by his standards, posting his worst batting average (.278), OBP (.386), SLG (.510) and doubles (24) since becoming a regular starter, while striking out a career-high 125 times. Still, he hit 34 homers and drove in 102 runs, and finished strong after hitting just .244 in April and May. Despite last season's struggles, he still projects as one of the top fantasy first basemen for 2008, especially when you take into account the number of upgrades that the Houston front office has made to the lineup in front of him during the offseason.

2007

Berkman had a career-year in 2006, hitting .315/.420/.621 with 45 homers and 136 RBI. The only flaw in his game is his significant platoon split - his OPS was 350 points higher from the left-hand side last year, a split consistent with his career numbers. He'll likely only play first base this year, and is a top-20 fantasy player.

2006

He started slow, coming back too quickly from offseason knee surgery. He hit .291/.419/.575 after the break, which is about his level. Steals are a thing of the past, and he'll be a first baseman by 2007. Top 15 NL guy.

2005

Berkman tore his right ACL playing a flag football game in November. He's optimistic that he'll be able to return by Opening Day, but team doctors are suggesting mid-May is a more likely return date. Berkman sharpened his batting eye in 2004, with the result being more walks and a better batting average. He won't likely replicate his 42-homer season in 2002, but he's a steady source of production in four categories.

2004

Berkman carries a pretty big platoon split, slugging 90 points lower as a right-handed batter (.444) than as a lefty (.534) in 2003, and 190 points lower for his career. Elbow and wrist injuries severely curtailed his power last season, and injuries in general for Berkman are a cause for concern going forward.

2003

Berkman avoided the late season collapse that plagued him in 2001, and turned some of his doubles into homers. Health willing, 2003 should be another season of growth for him.