Lance Berkman, Rangers agree to one-year contract with vesting option for 2014 | MLB.com: News: "The chance to return home and play in his native Texas and an attractive contract offer from the Rangers was enough to lure slugger Lance Berkman back to work.
Berkman told MLB.com on Saturday he had agreed to a one-year with deal with a vesting option for 2014 to be the designated hitter for the Rangers, pending a physical. Berkman said he had been mulling retirement and wouldn't have played if the circumstances weren't right.
The Rangers, who have not confirmed the deal, proved to be the perfect fit for several reasons.
"There is a lot of things," Berkman said. "One is the opportunity to DH. I think that's going to be really good for me from a physical standpoint in terms of staying healthy for a full year and obviously geography -- I'm a Texas guy all the way -- so I could get back to my home state, and being close to home is huge for me and my family. I think the Rangers have an excellent chance to win. I think they have a very solid team, so all those things kind of add up and it makes a lot of sense.""
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