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Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:48 am
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Seven seasons and a couple of positions into his major-league career, Rick Ankiel, the former pitcher turned outfielder, has crossed Missouri and will play for Kansas City in 2010, CBSSports.com has learned.

Ankiel and the Royals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $3.25 million, according to sources, with a mutual option for 2011 worth $6 million.

Ankiel batted just .231 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 122 games with St. Louis last season. He started his career in St. Louis as a pitcher in 1999 before inexplicably losing his control and converting into an outfielder. He debuted as an outfielder in the majors in 2007.

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Category: MLB
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Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:35 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Were gonna make him a first baseman.. or catcher we like those.  Kyle Davies is our ace boy reconize



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

How do you make a mediocre pitcher into a home run smacking fan favorite in one season? HGH. I hope this cheating clown never hits above .220 in his life. Good riddance in getting this guy out of the NL central.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Nope, no ring for Ankiel in 06. He was never on the roster that season.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

i can. I would rather play for KC than Nats



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2010 11:47 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Barak, if Z.Greinke is not the Royal's ace, who is? He is a pitcher who is peaking and last year is not his only good year either, he is on the rise. Maybe Ankiel will rebound and Gordon will live up to his expectations and Butler is already on the rise and the Royals have acquired several other fast outfielders if you have not noticed. The Royals are like the Oakland A's and Baltimore Orioles in that they may all noticably be improved, but not ready for the World Series. As far as hapless teams, look at the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates. I want to see that S.Strasburg guy the Nationals have pitch, he is supposed to be super. At least the Royals are not in the AL East like the Orioles, which is the dominate division in MLB based on World Series appearances. Back to Greinke, he can pitch!!!    



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:53 am
 

Good Luck Rick

As a Cardinals fan I wish Ankiel the best of luck, except for 6 games out of the year when the Redbirds roll up some easy wins.  This could be a great signing for KC though.  Before he crashed head first into the outfield wall last year he was off to a very good start to the season.  Hopefully he can regain that form and help the royals win some ballgames.  Good luck!



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:46 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

OK, tard, Who then is their ace?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:44 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Barak,

You are as confused, uninformed and out of touch with reality as your namesake in Washington.  How can you say that Greinke is not an ace?  He only posted the best numbers in the AL on a team that SUCKED!  With the numbers he posted, he could possibly be the ace on any staff he joined, including the Yankees, as much as I hate them.  You need to get a clue and educate yourself on the subject before opening your hole and spewing garbage.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:42 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

I have enjoyed watching Ankiel with the Cardinals, and will be rooting for him to get back to form in KC.  As several have pointed out, if he cuts his strike outs down, and gets his average into the .270 - .280 range, he will be a steal with what he can do in the outfield.  Home runs won't be easy to come in KC's stadium.  Perhaps the change in venue can give him a chance rehab his swing to establish more contact, and let the upper deck blasts become more of an after thought. 

IF, KC can pick up another arm in their starting rotation, and get a couple to stabalize their performance, they might be able to turn the corner in a division, that is takable.  They have added some offense.  I think that is somewhat unlikely, but every year there is a team that surprises.  They have been active this off season. 

Regardless of any of the off field issues that surrounded him a couple seasons ago, his success on the field is a tribute to never giving up.  I am hoping he has many great seasons to look forward to. 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:14 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Wow..........that's a brilliant comment. "Zack Greinke isn't there ace no matter what they say." First I'll point out the obvious error in using the word "there" instead of "their". But that's an honest mistake. I do that a lot. However, you showed your true stupidity by saying that Zack is not an ace. What does it take to qualify as an ace? Other than winning the Cy Young award and being in the top 2 or 3 in the league in every major pitching statistic? Last time I checked, that usually makes you an ace. If they changed the qulifications, please clue me in, because I wasn't aware of that.


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