ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman told St. Louis reporters today that he wants to return to the Cardinals in 2012 and that he does not want to be a rental player. Part of the story by Joe Strauss in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Informed over the weekend of the Rangers' interest, Berkman said he made clear his preference is to return to the Cardinals in 2012, but a trade would cause him to re-evaluate the position.
"I don't want to be traded. I don't think they want to trade me," Berkman said. "Obviously, 'Mo' has an obligation as the general manager to listen. But I think myself and the Cardinals are on the same page."
Of the possibility that he could be dealt before Thursday, Berkman said, "I think that ship has sailed."
The Rangers find their lead in the AL West complicated by outfielder Nelson Cruz' recent hamstring injury. The Rangers are entering a daunting portion of their schedule against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox with the Los Angeles Angels making inroads on their lead. Rangers president Nolan Ryan recently acknowledged interest in Berkman. Mozeliak could not be reached this afternoon for comment on the team's position.
Berkman has discussed the possibility of a trade with his wife, Cara. The reaction was less than positive. "I think just the prospect of another change is pretty unappealing," he said.
The Rangers have until Wednesday at 11 p.m. Dallas time to make a trade for the player obtained to be eligible for the postseason roster. They could use a right-handed bat, but it's unclear if the right deal is out there. GM Jon Daniels has said the past few days that it's likely the club will stick with internal options.