MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees On Verge of Acquiring Lance Berkman

Lucas WeickCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 12:  Lance Berkman #17 of the Houston Astros hits against the New York Yankees on June 12, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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According to Joel Sherman, of the New York Post, the Yankees are very close to acquiring Houston Astros' first baseman, Lance Berkman.

The Big Puma is hitting a subpar .245 this year, with 13 home runs and 49 RBI.

Certainly not the best looking average, but he does have decent run production numbers, plus he was hurt earlier this season, so the numbers might be a bit off.

Berkman would likely serve as a DH primarily for the Yankees, if he is acquired that is.

He is a switch hitter and has a .549 slugging percentage, which can be a dangerous combination at Yankee Stadium—just ask Mickey Mantle.

Both Mantle and Berkman hit from both sides of the plate, and their career slugging percentages are similar, with Mantle at .557. Very comparable to one another.

Ken Rosenthal, of, points out that nothing is complete, but Berkman could be yet another strong bat in the Yankees already deep lineup.