The Texas Rangers announced Thursday that they have agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Jason Frasor and, a source confirmed, also have some interest in Lance Berkman should the veteran decide to play again in 2013. The Rangers have signed Berkman to a $10 million contract for 2013. "From what I understand, there were something like 70 free-agent relief pitchers out there," Frasor said. Lance Berkman chose the Texas Rangers this time, and is returning to his home state to be their designated hitter in likely the last stop of his career. "Obviously, whenever you come off a year where you have two knee surgeries there's always work to do in terms of maintenance and getting to a strength level that will get me to perform at my best," Berkman said. Notes: The Rangers will play their season opener at new AL West rival Houston on Sunday night, March 31, for a national ESPN broadcast. I think that's going to be really good for me from a physical standpoint in terms of staying healthy for a full year and obviously geography I'm a Texas guy all the way so I could get back to my home state, and being close to home is huge for me and my family.
Lance Berkman officially joined the Rangers on Monday night. He is coming to Arlington to be primarily the Rangers designated hitter in a lineup that is expected to have Ian Kinsler at second base and Mitch Moreland at first base.
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the plan is for Ian Kinsler to start the 2013 season at second base, meaning it's likely that top prospect Jurickson Profar will start the season in the minors.