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Astros will contact Lance Berkman

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The Astros will contact their former star, Lance Berkman, to gauge his interest in returning to the city where he became one of the team's all-time great players.

General Manager Jeff Luhnow told the media Friday night after the club unveiled its new colors and logo, he will contact Berkman.

Berkman, who still makes his offseason home in Houston, will be an unrestricted free agent and the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent the past two years, have already announced they will not try to retain him.

Berkman, who played for the Astros from 1999-2010, was traded to the N.Y. Yankees at the trade deadline during the 2010 season.

"Lance can still produce at the Major League level," Luhnow said. "He's a star.

"He's a guy that a lot of clubs are going to be interested in. We'll have a conversation with him and see where it goes."

Luhnow understands what Berkman meant to his team and the City of Houston, but that is not why he would want him back in an Astros uniform.

"We're going to make a baseball decision for the Houston Astros and for the future of the organization," Luhnow said.

"Clearly, Lance has a great history here and he was a key part of a great franchise in a great time, and if we feel collectively that there's a fit in terms of what we need and what he can provide, we won't be hesitant to pursue it."

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