UPDATE: Yankees "on verge" of trade for Lance Berkman

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UPDATE: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that Berkman gave approval of a trade to the Yankees earlier today, however he can waive the trade anytime in the next 24 hours because of his 10-5 rights. As such, this trade probably won’t be official until tomorrow afternoon.
5:10 PM: Earlier this afternoon Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees were “definitely in for Lance Berkman” and “considering him seriously.”
And now Sherman is reporting that a deal sending Berkman from Houston to New York is “on verge of completion.”
No word yet on what the Astros will be getting back or how much salary they’ll have to eat to get it done, but Houston acquired who they hope will be Berkman’s long-term replacement at first base when they got Brett Wallace from the Blue Jays yesterday.
Berkman would be the full-time designated hitter in New York. His current OPS is a career-low .808 after 10 straight seasons above .890, but the 34-year-old switch-hitter has posted an .850 mark since June 1.
Berkman is making $14.5 million this season and his contract has a $15 million option or $2 million buyout for 2011. In other words, he’d be strictly a two-month rental.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.