Berkman nixes potential White Sox deal

The White Sox almost had their much talked about left-handed run producer on Friday, except for the fact that this left-handed run producer decided not to join the White Sox.

Ken Williams confirmed to MLB.com during the White Sox 6-1 victory over the A’s at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night how Lance Berkman used his no-trade veto power to nix a potential trade to Chicago. This piece of news was originally reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

“I can’t deny the truth,” wrote Williams in the e-mail. “It is what it is.”

The switch-hitting Berkman, 34, appears to be headed to New York, reuniting with one-time Astros’ teammate Andy Pettitte as part of the Yankees. Berkman has a .245 average this season with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs but did not make his 2010 debut until April 20 while recovering from knee surgery. He has six home runs in July, marking his highest monthly long ball output of the year.

Williams has another 16 hours or so to look for a bat of greater impact, although the White Sox offense has put up a .303 average over the last 27 games.

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