The Yankees are likely to get out of Lance Berkman what they can, then get out him off their roster. He's on the disabled list after hitting just .179 in 39 at-bats since coming over from the Astros. Expect him back when the rosters expand Sept. 1.
It wasn't a terrible idea to get Berkman, though he has clearly been in decline. The Yankees knew that Nick Johnson, the oft-injured designated sitter, would not be available for the DH role. Berkman has a reported club option for $15 million in 2011. Obviously, the Yankees will not exercise that. They'll give him $2 million as a buyout.
That could open the DH door for Adam Dunn, the Washington Nationals free agent. He's averaged 40 home runs in his 10-year career and at age 30, he's a prime time for the Yankees. He's been quoted saying he doesn't want to DH, but the Yankees $$$ could change that.
Washington thought it would make inroads next season with Stephen Strasburg as the centerpiece. With the pitcher likely gone for the entire 2011 season, why spend a ton on keeping Dunn? The Nationals will regroup for 2012 when Strasburg returns along with a glimpse or two of power hitter Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old No.1 pick in this year's draft.