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Colorado Rockies Interested In Lance Berkman?

Outside of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies don't have another impact bat. Brad Hawpe failed to produce and wound up going to the Tampa Bay Rays, Ian Stewart has yet to show us he can use all of his abilities to become a superstar third baseman and Todd Helton has not been a feared offensive player for several seasons.

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At the trade deadlines, the Rockies attempted to trade for Lance Berkman, and according to the Denver Post's Troy E. Renck, Berkman would be interested in signing with the Rockies this offseason:

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"That's a place that I would definitely have interest in," Berkman said here Thursday.
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The problem is that as long as Todd Helton is with the Rockies, it will be hard to move him to a bench role. Berkman would want to be the starter at first base and a move back to the outfield would likely be problematic. Still, Berkman has been a power threat, averaging 33 home runs a season, and his career OPS is .954.
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While his straight numbers were down (.248/.368/.413), Berkman's WAR (Wins Above Replacement) was 2.1, which was better than every Rockies other than Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and catcher Miguel Olivo. Berkman now joins Victor Martinez as possible players the Rockies will pursue in free agency.
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