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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
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 insider Jon Heyman confirmed.


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: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:27 pm

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

If the Nationals could work out a Lannan for Bourjos deal that would be great.  I agree he has great potential, Werth is going nowhere...  The Angels just dont have the room for another terrible outfielder contract between Vernon Wells, Gary Matthews Jr, Torii Hunter their terrible contract quotient is full.  I dont think the Nats will trade Lannan for an OF - I think between Morse, Werth, Bryce Harper at some point, Mike Cameron, Roger Bernadina and now Rick Ankiel they are set.  Although a true leadoff hitter would be nice.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:20 pm

Nationals sign Rick Ankiel to minor-league deal

the nationals would be well suited to get bourjos hes good player with potential get even better if they could talk angels into taking werth and his contract in deal and just harper play theyd be set then

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