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Rangers sign Lance Berkman to 1-year deal

Jan. 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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ARLINGTON, Texas, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Free agent first baseman/designated hitter Lance Berkman has signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, the team said Monday.

Berkman's deal includes a club option for 2014 and is reportedly contingent on the 14-year veteran passing a medical exam.

The six-time all-star played only 32 games last season while battling a torn knee cartilage, hitting .259 with two homers and seven RBI in 81 at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals.

He helped lead the Cards to a World Series championship the previous season.

Berkman boasts 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).