The Yankees have acquired 34-year old switch hitting 1B Lance Berkman and $4 million bucks from the Astros for 25-year old righty reliever Mark Melancon and 21-year old switch hitting infielder Jimmy Paredes. Berkman will be the Yankees’ full time DH likely starting tomorrow or Sunday in Tampa. Berkman played in 85 games for the Astros this season and he was 73 of 298 (.245 avg, .808 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 13 homers and 49 RBIs. He has now played in 1,592 games in his 12 years in the majors and he is 1,648 of 5,560 (.296 avg, .959 OPS) with 1,008 runs scored, 326 homers, 1,090 RBIs and 82 stolen bases. Mark Melancon was the Yankees’ #15 prospect heading into this season. He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Yankees earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. He also pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 6-1 with 6 saves, a 3.67 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Melancon pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in his career with the Yankees and he was 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Paredes was not one of the Yankees’ top prospects. He has played in 99 games in A-ball this year and he was 114 of 404 (.282 avg, .721 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 5 homers, 48 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman probably had a ski mask on when he made this deal as it is a steal for the Yankees.