Lance Berkman has reportedly cleared waivers and can now be traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to any other MLB team prior to the deadline for traded players to participate in the postseason, which is midnight Wednesday.
The San Francisco Giants are one of a handful of teams who could really use the veteran slugger.
Berkman, who is earning $8 million for this season, is a free agent come this winter, and could be another rental for the Giants, joining the Carlos Beltran club.
The Cardinals may very well demand some good prospects from San Francisco, which, although Giants General Manager Brian Sabean spent most of the first half defending a position of non-negotiation on young talent, may be a possibility given the organization's sudden shift in trade philosophy.
The Giants went all in by acquiring Carlos Beltran just before the July trading deadline, but that seems like eons ago, when San Francisco had a comfortable lead in the NL West.
Now that the defending champions are a season-high five games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, it remains to be seen whether Brian Sabean still has an itchy trigger finger for a big late August trade.