Berkman officially a Yankee

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees have completed their trade to acquire Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros.

The World Series champions sent reliever Mark Melancon and minor league infielder Jimmy Paredes to Houston for the former All-Star first baseman, who will become the Yankees' designated hitter.

Houston will pay part of what Berkman is owed. On Friday, New York obtained outfielder Austin Kearns from Cleveland for a player to be named or cash.

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