The Texas Rangers took a nice step over the weekend to address the departure of key pieces to their offense this offseason.
They came to terms with Lance Berkman on a one-year, $10 million contract with a vesting option for the following season.
It's a huge chance to take for a player who saw action in only 32 games last season and who endured two surgeries on his right knee.
The Rangers had to pony up the big dollars to land Berkman, and Berkman, himself, said that receiving big money was the only way he'd consider playing this season.
"In a way they have to buy me out of retirement, and I know that sounds crass -- I wish it didn't -- but it's a big commitment, it can put a strain on the family," Berkman told the St. Louis Dispatch (h/t ESPN.com). "If I'm going to play, I'm going to give my heart and soul to the team. But if the carrot's not big enough, the mule isn't going to want to go."
However, was the carrot too big?
Considering Berkman's age and his lower body issues last year, were the Rangers foolish in giving Berkman $10 million?
Here are some other ways the Rangers could have used that money to upgrade their offense.