The Yankees are trying to pick up a new designated hitter for the stretch drive, moving close to acquiring five-time All-Star first baseman Lance Berkman from the Astros, a source told MLB.com on Friday.
Berkman told reporters Friday he had been approached the club about a deal, and he approved a list of four teams he would consider going to. The Yankees were on that list.
In St. Petersburg, Joe Girardi didn’t mention Berkman by name, but talked a little bit about how he has managed the DH role with Nick Johnson out, using it to spell the Yankees’ regulars.
“We’ve used it to rotate our guys and try to keep our guys fresh, but if we have an everyday guy, we have an everyday guy,” Girardi said. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen, but it has helped giving Alex [Rodriguez] a half-day, and Jeet [Derek Jeter] a half-day, and Tex [Mark Teixeira], and Swish [Nick Swisher]. But if you get an everyday guy that can swing it, that could help our club.
” … I probably wouldn’t share with you my wish list because then other clubs’ demands might go up. However we can improve our club, I’m all for it.”