Yankees Trying to Beat Trade Deadline in Getting Lance Berkman

NEW YORK (AP) – The Yankees are working on a trade to acquire

Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros.

The deal was gaining momentum Friday and was likely to happen

before Saturday's trade deadline, a baseball executive familiar

with the discussions said. The executive spoke on condition of

anonymity because talks were ongoing.

It was not immediately clear what the Yankees would send to

Houston in exchange for the five-time All-Star. Berkman has full

no-trade rights, so he would have to approve a deal.

AP freelance writer Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., contributed to

this report.


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