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Free agent Lance Berkman happy to play for the Texas Rangers

Arlington : TX : USA | Jan 06, 2013 at 1:58 PM PST
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Arlington Texas. Free agent first baseman and designated hitter Lance Berkman who reached an agreement with the Texas Rangers to a one year contract worth $10 million that will be effective when he passes his physical examination.

Berkman had to eat his words because before the 2011 baseball season he questioned the decision the talent level of the Texas Rangers as an average team and he questioned why the team sign Adrian Beltre to a contract.

Berkman said on Sunday he was wrong about his comments of the team while he was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 prior to the World Series that the Cardinals won in seven games.

Berkman said "This is a different team and a different scenario and I'm happy to be a part of the Rangers organization. It's a winning team. Hopefully by playing well, I'll be able to win some of those fans I ostracized by shooting off my mouth before."

Berkman, 36, is scheduled for a physical exam on Monday. Berkman will be paid $10 million for one year to play as the Rangers designated hitter or first baseman.

Berkman said the reason he decided to play for the Rangers is because they are winning team, close to his family in Houston and the fact the Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan reached out to him a few weeks back.

Berkman only played in 32 games for the St. Louis Cardinals due to two knee operations on his right knee. Berkman is also happy home games at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington with his new team.

News sources ESPNDallas.com and Richard Durrett

George Vieto is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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