Saturday, December 4, 2010
Lance Berkman Signs with the Cardinals
Scott Boras's boyfriend...I mean, Jon Heyman reports the Cardinals have come to terms with Lance Berkman on a one year deal worth $8M. This is an interesting signing. Berkman had a tough season last year putting up career lows in wOBA (.345) and WAR (2.1). While I don't expect him to ever be the .419 wOBA hitter he was in 2008, I don't think it's unrealistic to assume Berkman can rebound to being a .370 wOBA hitter, 3.0-3.5 WAR player overall.
The only question that remains is: What position does he play? The Cardinals are a National League team, so the DH rule isn't in effect. First base is occupied by Albert Pujols, and he's not moving for anyone. Left field is occupied by Matt Holliday who's their $120M man, so he's not moving anywhere...or is he? Apparently, the Cardinals, in their infinite wisdom, are moving Matt Holliday to right field--a position he's never played. Berkman, on the other hand, has played 264 games (235 starts) in right over his career. I love it when teams make decisions that are based in logic...