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Yankees Acquire Berkman From Astros

The New York Yankees Friday acquired first baseman/designated hitter Lance Berkman and cash considerations from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon and minor league infielder Jimmy Paredes.

Berkman, 34, batted .245 (73-for-298) with 39 runs, 16 doubles, 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 85 games with the Astros this season. He leads all Major Leaguers, averaging just 5.97 plate appearances per walk and ranks fifth overall in the Majors with 60 walks. The switch-hitter has batted .261 (61-for-234) with 13 doubles and 12 home runs as a left-handed batter in 2010, and .188 (12-for-64) with three doubles and one home run from the right side of the plate.

He has seen all his action at first base in 2010, committing just one error in 769 total chances and ranking third among all Major League first basemen with a .999 fielding percentage.

Via Press Release

Houston Open To Dealing Wandy, Myers

The Astros are open to trading starting pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

However, Houston isn't overly motivated to deal either.

Via Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Berkman Waives No-Trade Clause For Yankees

The Yankees remain on the verge of acquiring Lance Berkman from the Astros as the slugger has waived his no-trade clause to allow a move, according to sources.

The trade will likely be completed before Saturday's trade deadline.

Houston will pick up $4 million of the $7 million owed to Berkman this year and in his 2011 option, sources said.

New York will send two prospects to the Astros: reliever Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes.

Berkman vetoed a trade to the White Sox earlier Friday, USA Today reported.

Via Buster Olney/ESPN

Yankees Deal For Berkman 'Imminent'

The Yankees are close to acquiring Lance Berkman from the Astros, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

Berkman would become the team's full-time designated hitter.

"Source: Yankees deal for Berkman is "imminent" - won't be giving up any big prospects, but will take on his contract. He'll be the new DH," Feinsand wrote on his Twitter page.

Via Mark Feinsand/New York Daily News

Jays Send Wallace To Houston For Gose

The Blue Jays acquired Anthony Gose, as the Astros flipped him after acquiring him from the Phillies in a trade for Roy Oswalt.

"He's someone who we've been after for a long time," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a radio interview on the FAN 590 on Thursday in Toronto.

The Blue Jays sent first-base prospect Brett Wallace to Houston in order to add Gose to Toronto's farm system.

Via MLB.com

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