It was pretty much during Joe Girardi’s pregame media session that reports started buzzing that the Yankees might be close to trading for Lance Berkman to fill the wide open designated hitter position.
“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 a half day, and Jeet a half day, and Tex, and Swish. But if you get an everyday guy that can swing it, that could help our club.”
Multiple outlets are reporting that the Yankees are working to trade for Berkman. It would essentially be a salary dump for the Astros, with Ken Davidoff reporting that Houston will be getting “non-prospect minor leaguers.” What that means, I’m not sure. It obviously means no Jesus Montero or Austin Romine, but I’m not sure how far down the list you have to go before reaching non-prospect territory.
“I probably wouldn’t share with you my wish list because then other team’s demands would probably go up,” Girardi said. “But however we can improve our club, I’m all for it.”