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Cardinals, Berkman agree to one-year deal

Saturday, December 4, 2010 | 5:22 p.m. CST; updated 7:13 p.m. CST, Monday, February 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals and free agent Lance Berkman have agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract.

The 34-year-old first baseman-outfielder is a five-time NL All-Star with the Astros and last year batted .248 with Houston and the New York Yankees, finishing with 14 homers and 58 RBIs. Berkman was traded to the Yankees on July 31 and helped them win the AL wild card.

The Cardinals have an opening in right field after using a combination of younger players there last season. Berkman has started more than 100 games at all three outfield positions, with more than half of his 841 outfield starts coming as a left fielder.

Berkman is a career .299 hitter against the NL Central with 169 home runs and 540 RBIs in 767 games.


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