Berkman has attention of White Sox

May, 6, 2010
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Bob Levey/Getty ImagesLance Berkman is batting .213 with two home runs and seven RBIs this season.

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.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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