Reportedly Drayton Maclane (owner of the Astros) is now willing to discuss moving Oswalt or Berkman (2 of his favorite players ever) in order to free up salary. Carlos Lee has a full no-trade and has said he would not agree to any move out Texas. Where does this leave us? Well we have a big-time need to add a bat. Berkman He posted a 140+ OPS this year. Last 3 years 131, 159, 140 vs. David Wright 150, 141, 121
Berkman also had a TERRIBLE stretch to open the season (.718 OPS in April/March) the remainder of the season his OPS by month
Considering he only has one year guaranteed (you may potentially need to guarantee the second year) he is still an EXCELLENT player and depending on talent price would be a fantastic addition. A 1 or 2 year commitment seems like a much better gamble than overpaying guys over 5-6 years. One final note…. don’t bother clicking over to baseballreference.com to point out that Berkman plays have his games in Minute Maid Park and would be coming to CitiField. Berkman sports a career OPS only .10 worse on the road then he does at home.