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Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 5:56 pm
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Rick AnkielBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rick Ankiel is returning to the Nationals -- or their camp, at least. Washington has signed the outfielder to a minor-league deal with an invite to the big league camp, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times tweeted and CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman confirmed.

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Ankiel hit .239/.296/.363 with 9 home runs in 122 games last season for the Nationals, his first year in Washington. He'd signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals after spending 2010 with the Royals and Braves. Ankiel won the starting center field job out of spring training, leading to the Nationals' trade of Nyjer Morgan to Milwaukee. Washington, though, continues to search for a center fielder for the future and has been tied to the Angels' Peter Bourjos in some rumors that would have the Nationals sending right-hander John Lannan to Anaheim, allowing the Angels to make way for Mike Trout in center. Roger Bernadina is currently slated to start in center for the Nationals and they've also added Mike Cameron. Jayson Werth could also start in center if Bryce Harper makes the team out of spring as the right fielder.

The 32-year-old is a career .246/.309/.423 hitter in five seasons as a full-time outfielder after originally coming to the big leagues as a starter with the Cardinals. After suffering control problems, he went back to the minors and returned to St. Louis as an outfielder in 2007. In 2008, he hit 25 home runs, his best as a big leaguer.

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Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

Lannan is a lefty, not a right hander



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

Lannan is a lefty... not a right hander



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:53 am
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

Was a supply of steroids thrown in the contract?


lucassmart
Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:36 am
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Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:43 am
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Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:53 pm
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

I think Bernadina could be an ok/solid maybe leadoff hitter.  Didnt he hit leadoff for them some last year?



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:51 pm
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

wow they added mike cameron?? i cant believe he's still playing especially last year on the Marlins



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

I respect Rick Ankiel a lot, but I really think he should have some respect for himself and retire.  He won't find himself playing any better than his final days in St. Louis a couple years ago. 


lucassmart
Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:48 pm
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Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:58 pm
 

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

I'd like to see the Nats stay away from Peter Bourjos for the time being because of his hip/groin injury situation. The injury kept him from playing winter ball and Bourjos admitted that it has bothered him on and off for the past couple of seasons and may require surgery after the 2012 season if he can play through it. He has some fraying in the labrum and I wouldn't trade for him right now knowing all of this, but would do a deal if he's totally 100% healthy in the future.


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