Berkman has the right to reject any trade as a 10-and-5 player (10 years in the league, five with one team), but he was approached by general manager Ed Wade a couple of days ago with a list of eight teams be to and approved four, including the Yankees.
According to The New York Post, the deal is done, though it won’t be official until another 24 hours.
The 34-year-old Berkman is making $14.5 million this season and has a $15 million club option for the 2011 season, with a $2 million buyout. With the Yankees, he’d likely serve as a designated hitter — a revolving door for the club all year — but he can also fill in at first base and in the outfield corners if needed.
With Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline looming overhead, here’s more from around the league …
* The White Sox acquired some depth for their starting rotation
on Friday afternoon, when they swung a deal with the Diamondbacks to bring right-hander Edwin Jackson
to the South Side. In the trade, Chicago parted ways with one of its top pitching prospects, righty Daniel Hudson
, and Minor League lefty David Holmberg
* The Rangers, in need of second-base help with Ian Kinsler
on the disabled list, acquired
veteran middle infielder Cristian Guzman
for prospects. Guzman is making $8 million in the final year of his contract this season.
* Baseball sources told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that the Dodgers and Cubs have been discussing a deal that would send left-handed starter Ted Lilly back to Los Angeles
. The Dodgers would also like to include infielder Ryan Theriot
in the deal and would want Chicago to eat up some of Lilly’s remaining contract, according to FOXSports.com. Lilly, the best starting pitcher remaining in the market, has $4.3 million left in his expiring contract.
* The Blue Jays acquired
Mets Triple-A first baseman Mike Jacobs
for a player to be named later. Jacobs will report to the Blue Jays’ Minor League affiliate.
* While looking at what happened today and what could happen before 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, we’ll also look back. Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, Jorge Cantu to the Rangers, Miguel Tejada to the Padres and Matt Capps to the Twins were the biggest moves made prior to Friday, in what has still been a rather slow-moving Trade Deadline.
— Alden Gonzalez