The Pittsburgh Pirates are likely to lose Justin Morneau in free agency, so they’re looking to find a cheap replacement bat. One such stick they’ve inquired about is Lance Berkman, who spent last season with the Texas Rangers though struggled in limited action as he dealt with a rash of injuries.
Berkman has went back and forth in recent months in regards to retirement, but it appears the veteran first baseman/designated hitter is ready to hang up the cleats as the Pirates were told Berkman is leaning towards retirement when they inquired about his services:
Pirates made a call on Lance Berkman but agent says he’s leaning toward retirement
Of course, that could simply be a ploy to suggest he’s not interested in playing for the Pirates but considering Pittsburgh is one of the better teams in the National League and should have a solid amount of playing time available for Berkman, there shouldn’t be much reason for Berkman to not have interest outside of not being near his home.
Seems as if Berkman is waiting for the perfect deal and if it doesn’t appear, he’ll call it a career.