MLB Trade Rumors: Lance Berkman Available As Many Continue To Look For Big Bat

Roy Oswalt may have been Houston's biggest piece to deal, but he wasn't the only one, and Ken Rosenthal reports on another:

Source: Berkman "in play," discussions taking place. Deal far from guaranteed. Berkman, like Oswalt, has full no-trade.

Berkman is in the final year of a six-year contract, with a $2m 2011 buyout. His numbers this season are well below his usual standard, an .808 OPS being 151 points below his career average and 99 points below where he was last year, but he still draws a ton of walks and gets on base, and he's slugged .521 in the month of July. He isn't the sort to come at a monumental cost, which could make him appealing as a riskier but cheaper option than an Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, or Josh Willingham to a team like the White Sox or Rays who are looking for a bat-first player.

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