The New York Yankees are very close to acquiring Lance Berkman, sources say, and a deal could occur as soon as this afternoon.
Berkman, who is having an off year, has a full no-trade clause that would allow him to effectively choose whether to leave or stay with the Astros. Sources do say, however, that Berkman would approve a trade to the Yankees in part because of his close relationship with pitcher Andy Pettitte.
“All I know is there some discussion,” Berkman said recently. “We’re not at the finish line … Ed (Wade) approached me with list of eight teams two days ago. I think there were four yays and four nays.”