Report: Lance Berkman to Sign One-Year Contract With Vesting Option to Play for Rangers

Lance Berkman will try to resurrect his career once again.

At one point reported to be very close to retiring, the longtime Houston Astros slugger is set to sign a one-year, $10 million contract with the Texas Rangers, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports. The deal includes a vesting option for 2014 should Berkman see 550 plate appearances this season.

Berkman, soon to turn 37 and now a defensive liability no matter where he plays on the diamond, is expected to be the Rangers’ primary designated hitter. After a tough 2010 season, Berkman resurrected his career in St. Louis in 2011, posting a .959 OPS. However, two knee surgeries last season held him to just 32 games.

Berkman was reported to be a target of the Boston Red Sox, who likely moved in another direction when they agreed to a now-in-doubt contract with Mike Napoli. Over the course of his 14-season career, Berkman has 360 home runs and a .953 OPS.

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