Rangers sign Berkman

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Updated: January 7, 2013

The Texas Rangers signed first baseman/designated hitter Lance Berkman to a one-year contract with a club option for 2014, the team announced on Monday.

The deal was reported on Saturday with it being contingent on the 36-year-old
passing a medical examination.

Berkman was limited to 32 games a season ago with St. Louis thanks to torn
cartilage in his right knee. He ended up hitting .259 with two homers and
seven RBI in 81 at-bats.

A 14-year veteran and native of Waco, Texas, Berkman holds a lifetime average
of .296 with 360 home runs and 1,200 RBI in 1,806 games with Houston
(1999-2010), the Yankees (2010), and Cardinals (2011-12).

The six-time All-Star selection was part of the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series
championship.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Berkman, the team designated pitcher
Tommy Hottovy for assignment.