Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree to a one-year deal

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Earlier this week Lance Berkman said that it was all about the money. So the Cardinals came through with the money: they’ve agreed to a one-year deal. The terms have not been disclosed, but some people are tweeting around that it’s a $12 million deal. We’ll update if and when that number is confirmed.

Which is probably right for a guy who has hit .300/.412/.555 with 31 home runs, 91 RBI and a .967 OPS.  You don’t go $12 million in average annual value for him over any long period of time, but for one year? Sure, why not.

Next up: The Cardinals focus on Albert Pujols.  Given that they’re on a winning streak in every way imaginable right now, is there any doubt that gets done before Thanksgiving?

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.