Failing to keep Carlos Beltran in Houston meant the team had more cash to keep OF Lance Berkman in town, as the Astros signed him to a six-year, $85 million contract on Saturday. Berkman, whose .450 on-base percentage and .566 slugging percentage in 2004 eclipsed even Beltran, was happy to remain with the club.
“I want to play every game of my career in an Astros uniform,” Berkman said. He also addressed the torn ACL he received while playing flag football this past winter, which is expected to keep him from starting on opening day. “The knee is fine, and it’s where it’s expected to be at this point,” Berkman said, pulling up his pant leg to demonstrate.