Former Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel has announced his retirement. Ankiel famously came up as a pitcher, but dealt with bouts of wildness. He resurrected his career as an outfielder, and hit .241/.302/.423 in 1,917 career at-bats. Ankiel played for the Astros and Mets last season.
Free agent outfielder Rick Ankiel remains open to continuing his career, but has no prospects, per SB Nation. He said he is in a "holding pattern." Ankiel hasn't batted over .239 since 2008, bottoming out at .194 in 2013, though he remained a strong home run threat. He was designated for assignment by the Mets last June and has not played since.
Mets outfielder Rick Ankiel has decided to become a free-agent. The team designated Ankiel for assignment Saturday, and he will test his worth on the market. Ankiel hit .194/.242/.435 in 124 at-bats between the Astros and the Mets. He struck out 57 times.
The Mets announced after Saturday's game that they would be designating outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment. Ankiel entered Saturday's game in the top of 13th as a defensive replacement and received four at-bats, striking out three times, in a 2-1 loss. Ankiel finishes his Mets career with a .182 batting average and two home runs in 66 at-bats. He struck out 26 times.
Mets outfielder Rick Ankiel went 3 for 4 in Wednesday's loss to Cincinnati.Ankiel doubled twice and has four doubles in nine games since coming over to the Mets. Although he looked like toast with the Astros, he's hitting a robust .323/.364/.710 in the senior circuit.
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