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Rick Ankiel welcomed back to Nats on minor league deal

Feb 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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Amanda Comack of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have re-signed outfielder Rick Ankiel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ankiel, 32, batted just .239/.296/.363 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 415 plate appearances last season for Washington. He has one of the best outfield arms in baseball, but the former left-handed starter has struggled offensively since posting 25 homers and an .843 OPS with the Cardinals in 2008.

Ankiel will compete for center field duties in camp this spring with Roger Bernadina and Mike Cameron. The Nationals have been trying to find a long-term fix in center for the past couple of years, but they’ll continue to go with patchwork options for now.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Good luck Ankiel!

    P.S. Madonna can’t sing. What a lousy half time show so far!

    • cur68 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      At least her clothes stayed on. Whew.

      • Old Gator - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Yeah, she’s definitely past her prime for wardrobe malfunctions. Time to start thinking seriously about a series of senior porn fitness videos.

  2. Gordon - Feb 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Hard to hit homers without the PEDs.

  3. thefalcon123 - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    The fact that he’s still in the game at all is one of the great baseball stories of all time. Hopefully he can return to 08 form….

    • Old Gator - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Definitely one of the most interesting careers in the game. There’s a terrific book in all of this, assuming you get a biographer with a sufficiently colorful style to match the subject. Can’t think of anyone offhand, though….

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