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Friday, October 26, 2012

Lance Berkman likely will not be back with Cardinals

After a miraculous 2011 season, Lance Berkman's fortune wore out in St. Louis in 2012.

Berkman found himself often injured in 2012 and underwent two knee surgeries during the season.  It was a trying time for Berkman throughout the year and certainly not what the "Big Puma" had hoped.

Berkman appeared in just 32 games for the Cardinals in 2012, hitting .259 with just two home runs and seven RBI's.  That production was certainly much lower than what has normally been expected for the switch hitter who has 360 career home and 1200 career RBI's.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed Berkman' status earlier this week and unfortunately, it does not look Berkman will be back in a Cardinals uniform in 2013.

"It's hard to imagine us finding a fit for him here," Mozeliak said. "I don't know what his expectations are, what he envisions his role being, but clearly getting every-day at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals would be very remote."

If the Cardinals do not have a spot, it is hard to believe that any other actual contenders would have room for the 36 year old with gimpy knees.  It is highly unlikely that Berkman will go to just any random team.  If Berkman is going to continue to play the game, he will want to play for a contender. But just how many contenders will covet Berkman?

If Berkman's career is coming to an end, it certainly will be a shame to see such a good guy leave the game.   Berkman has always been a professional and a fan favorite.

Hopefully the Big Puma can find a new home, but it does not look like he will be back in St. Louis.  

Corey Rudd is a columnist and owner of StlSportsMinute.com.  You can follow him on Twitter (@CoreyRudd) and check out his podcast, The Cruddy Show, every Tuesday and Friday night at 9:30 pm CT.