Lance Berkman was the biggest piece to drop into place for the Yankees this year, arriving from Houston for reliever Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes.
Berkman will fill the void left at DH by the perpetually injured Nick Johnson.
The Yankees value on-base skills from the No. 2 spot in their lineup, and Berkman certainly possesses those.
Even in what some term a "down" year, Berkman had posted a more than respectable .372 on-base percentage in 85 games for Houston this year.
His slugging percentage is down over 100 points this year from his career average, but if he continues to get on base in front of the Yankees sluggers, he'll have done his job and the Yankee lineup will be that much deeper.
Considering the relative low cost in prospects, the Berkman deal could turn out to be an absolute steal for the Yankees.