Albert Pujols' future in St. Louis isn't assured, but Lance Berkman's is. The team announced that it has agreed to a one-year extension with Berkman worth $12 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter).
The 35-year-old is the favorite for the National League Comeback Player of the Year award, hitting .300/.412/.555 with 31 home runs and 91 RBI for the Cardinals this season. He's mostly played right field for St. Louis, but could return to his former first base spot if Pujols leaves in free agency.
"Lance proved to be everything we were looking for when we signed him last December," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement released by the team. “He’s an impact player who helped solidify our everyday lineup while also bringing a wealth of experience to our team. We are excited to announce that he is going to remain a part of our team in 2012."
Earlier this week there were reports that Berkman's negotiations had slowed and he told reporters "it's always about the money."
He got paid.
Berkman signed with the Cardinals to a one-year deal before the season for $8 million.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.