ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single to tie the game in the 10th inning off of Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Target: Lance Berkman, 1B/OF/DH
Type of move: Free agency
2012 stats: .259 batting average, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs in just 32 games
Berkman didn't do much of last season as his contract ran out in St. Louis because of injury that forced him to miss all but 32 games. But Texas Rangers fans certainly remember the Berkman of 2011 — the one that finished No. 7 in the NL MVP voting and burned the Rangers in the 2011 World Series as the Cardinals won in seven games. That season, Berkman had one of the best of his career at age 35, when he hit .301 with a great on-base percentage of .412, slugging 31 home runs and driving in 94 runs, and that was all while playing in the field with an aging body.
Just imagine what Berkman could do if he was a designated hitter the majority of the time. If he can replicate what he did in 2011, that would be a nice bat in the middle of the order and go a decent way in replacing Josh Hamilton's lost production.
At 36 years old, the most you'd give Berkman would be a two-year deal, but if you can get the native Texan for that it'd be a risk well worth taking.