Rumor Central: Yankees Close To Acquiring Lance Berkman

GackSports.comContributor IJuly 30, 2010

HOUSTON - JULY 11:  Lance Berkman #17 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on July 11, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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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.”

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