Lance Berkman Trade Rumors: Should the Cleveland Indians Make a Play for Him?

With the news that Lance Berkman has cleared waivers and that Matt LaPorta has been sent down to AAA Columbus, it stands to reason that the Cleveland Indians and Berkman could be a good match.

Lance Berkman is currently enjoying a revival this year. After a less than stellar .248/.368/.413 slash line, 14 HR, 58 RBI and a 2.1 WAR in 2010, Berkman has found the fountain of youth in St. Louis. In posting a .289/.405/.570 slash line, 30 HR, 73 RBI and a 3.9 WAR in 2011, Berkman has reestablished himself as one of the premiere hitters in the majors.

Knowing that fact, it is shocking that he cleared waivers. There are numerous teams out there that could use a power bat (especially the Rangers), but he's out there for everyone now. Even more surprising, Berkman is currently projecting as a Type A-free agent.

If the Indians acquired Berkman, they'd not only add some much needed power to their lineup, but they'd also get extra draft picks in next year's draft to continue the rebuilding of the farm system. Also considering that Berkman's owed just north of $1 million for the rest of the season, he'd be a great addition to a Tribe team straddling the line between competing and rebuilding.

This is a shorter article than I typically publish, but their isn't much else to say here. With Berkman becoming a free agent at the end of the year, the Cardinals can't expect a top prospect in return for a one-month rental. The Indians could easily replace whatever they give up to get Berkman in the draft next year with the compensation draft picks they'd receive. 

As of right now, the Indians are expecting either a Carlos Santana/Shelley Duncan or Lou Marson/Carlos Santana catcher/first base combo to carry them to the playoffs. That is scaring nobody.

Wouldn't you feel much better with Lance Berkman manning the first base job for the rest of the year?

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