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Pirates eyeing Rick Ankiel?

Sep 21, 2009, 10:38 AM EDT

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates expect to be active in the free agent market, with potential targets including John Grabow, who they traded to the Cubs in July, and Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel.



This is a clear indicator that the
Pirates are beginning to shuffle their cards. Garrett Jones has
surprised with 19 home runs in 265 at-bats, however, he is 28 years
old, so there is little hope for further progression. Jones has played
69 games this season, but 20 of them have come at first base, so there
is a chance he could be used in more of a utility role in 2010, with
Jeff Clement getting his feet wet at first base and 20-year-old
top-prospect Jose Tabata potentially finding his way to the majors by
early June.




Ankiel is an interesting target who
may come on the cheap. Reason being, he is batting just .234/.286/.390
with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 351 at-bats this season. With young
Colby Rasmus carving out an everyday role, the Cardinals have little
reason to bring him back. If Tabata proves himself to be a competent
corner outfielder — something that is still open to debate — the
Pirates could always trade Ankiel to a contender if he has a
bounceback season.

  1. willmose - Sep 21, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Of course, they can get Ankiel cheap. This agent, Boras, is known for his player signing on the cheap.
    Is this posting a joke? Please, whatever Dejan Kovacevic is smoking send me some!

  2. Kasie Ovalle - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my blog. You’ve obviously spent some time on this. Well done!

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