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MLB: Rangers Close Deal With Berkman as DH

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Rangers Close Deal With Berkman as DH

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Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 9-6.

The Texas Rangers have closed a deal with Lance Berkman to be their designated hitter according to reports the veteran slugger agreed to a one-year contract that includes a vesting option for 2014.

Berkman's deal is pending a physical.

Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan had publicly expressed the team's interest in Berkman, who was limited by injuries to 32 games for St. Louis last season.

The 36-year-old Berkman spent the 11½ seasons with the Houston Astros, the team for which Ryan previously worked.

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