Years ago, tearing up your knee would mean that your career might be over. At least the prime of it. Now, it gets you over $14M per season.
The Astros signed outfielder Lance Berkman to a six-year, $85 million contract extension on Saturday. Berkman inked a one-year, $10.5 million deal in February to avoid arbitration, and the new contract includes that money. The extension runs through 2010 and includes a seventh-year option or buyout provision, according to MLB.com. Berkman, 29, led the Astros by hitting .316 with 30 homers and 104 runs in 2004, and he added in 106 RBI. He will miss the beginning of the 2005 season while recovering from knee surgery.