Rumors: A's Set To Meet With Lance Berkman?

The Oakland A’s, a team that will surely be anchored by its strong starting pitching next season, are on the look out for some impact players on offense. GM Billy Beane and the rest of the A’s front office personnel are having themselves a very busy offseason, as the team has already acquired the likes of OF David DeJesus, and 3B Edwin Encarnacion just to name a few.

The A’s heading into next season have very little punch in their lineup. 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff led the team in homers this year with 16. According to reports, however, the A’s are set to meet with Lance Berkman.

Berkman, 34, is a possibility for Oakland, but he’s publicly said that he has no plans to become just a DH. The switch-hitting Berkman hit .248/.368/.413 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs this season while splitting time between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

The A’s, who finished 9.0 games behind the Rangers this season in the AL West, are on the cusp of contention, but are still a bat or two away from becoming a serious contender next year. Adding someone like Berkman could help the offensively challenged A’s, but Beane’s quest to add offense couldn’t end there.

According to, the A’s are set to meet with Berkman on Tuesday.

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  • dave

    I’d prefer Berkman over Cust anyday. Cust just looks to walk too much. I want my DH to be a “HITTER” not a table setter. The A’s bigest problem is they look to walk before they look to driving the ball. This Bill Beane hitting philosphy is killing our run production! We are not agressive enough. How many times do we have to watch a fastball right down the middle get taken for a stike only to swing at a slider for strike 3 just out of the zone? Berkman will reboun. He was recovering from an injury most of the year. He’s a solid veetern who know how to drive in runs. If we can sign Betre I’d trade kouse and Wurtz and Barton for The Padres first baseman. Maybe through in a low level minor leaguer too.

    • Joseph Lopez


      I couldn’t agree more. I really don’t see Cust in the A’s plans anymore, and the team really needs a power hitting DH. Eric Chavez, Jake Fox, and Cust failed to do anything this year, but adding a guy like Berkman could help the A’s out on offense next year. Berkman, 34, is getting up there in age, and while it’d be foolish to hope for a Frank Thomas ’06 type season out of Berkman, I still think he’d add something to a rather punchless A’s lineup. If the A’s get Beltre, and another bat (like Berkman’s) then watch out. The A’s have strong starting pitching. All they need is a solid supporting lineup.

      Thanks for the comment and read, Dave!