The Houston Astros may be ready to start moving some of their veteran players, according to major-league sources.
Switch-hitting first baseman Lance Berkman has caught the interest of the Chicago White Sox. Berkman’s ability to hit right-handed pitching is something the Sox are most interested in obtaining. Chicago has just 19 RBIs produced left-handed hitting in 28 games.
Berkman said on Thursday he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Astros asked him.
Berkman is in the last year of a $14 million contract with an option year for 2011 or a $2 million buyout.
Berkman has played the outfield and first base, but he’s viewed now as a first baseman. Houston mostly likely would want young players back in any for a veteran.
The Sox’s top prospect is outfielder Jordan Danks, who is the brother of starting pitcher John Danks.