"I felt like if they didn't re-sign Cliff Lee that they were going to be an average team and I feel that's probably what's going to end up happening," Berkman said Thursday. "It's all about your pitching. I feel like last year was one of those special years where you kind of catch lightning in a bottle and they got hot and they had some guys that I felt like were pitching better than their talent level and consequently they had a great year."
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"They were itching to spend some money," Berkman said. "I probably could have gotten the best deal out of them, especially in light of what they gave Adrian Beltre, which I think is pretty much of a reach for him."
So, in January, said he could have gotten the best deal out of the Rangers, but went to the Cardinals for less money because the Rangers were an average team, and he wanted to win.
Flash forward a few months, and this is what Berkman is saying in September in regards to his contract negotiations with the Cardinals for 2012:
"It’s always about money," Berkman said. "No matter what people say, it’s always about the money."
So its always about the money, according to Lance Berkman. Except, apparently, when its not.