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The Yankees have some interest in Rick Ankiel

Jul 21, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

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Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears that the Yankees “have shown some interest” in picking up Rick Ankiel.

Ankiel was designated for assignment by the Nationals this week after batting just .228/.282/.411 with five home runs and a .694 OPS through 171 plate appearances. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote at the time that the Yankees “don’t seem interested” in Ankiel, but it’s possible things have changed over the past couple of days.

Brett Gardner will have right elbow surgery next week and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher left last night’s game against the Athletics with a mild left hip flexor strain and is considered day-to-day. Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones have been surprisingly productive in left field and Dewayne Wise has played well as an extra outfielder, but the Yankees figure to be on the lookout for alternatives in the coming days and weeks.

Ankiel, 33, can play all three outfield positions and has some pop from the left side, so he figures to latch on somewhere even if the Yankees pass.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I figured after Swisher got hurt last night, the Yankees would ramp up efforts to bring in someone. They’re saying day to day, but I’d be planning on at least 3 weeks without him. I’d be pushing a more long term solution like Span or J Upton than scrubs like victorino or ankiel to take over RF next year.

    • paperlions - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      The Yankees don’t have the necessary assets to get Upton, they don’t even have anything kinda-sorta resembling those assets.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        No, the Yanks have the assets, at least value-wise. The question is whether or not Towers takes those assets or makes the Yankees find a third team to convert that value into something Towers wants.

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Yes, but value isn’t the thing. If Upton is dealt it needs to be for MLB ready players as they aren’t out of the 2012 race….and they Yankees don’t have a single decent prospect that qualifies as quasi-MLB ready. It seems highly unlikely that the Yankees would be involved in a more complex trade…unless the team giving up the talent isn’t interested in Upton and would rather have a bunch of A-ball guys…which seems unlikely.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        and you dont have the necessary brains to even comment on this story, no kdding you really dont junior.

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Please enlighten me oh great message board troll. Really, do….list all of the fine assets the Yankees have that match the D-Backs needs. Good luck.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Well, that’s only if the Yankees send everything they’re giving up to the third team and the third team provides the Diamondbacks their entire package. A team with a blocked prospect or a team that felt Upton wasn’t worth the D’Backs asking price would work. Texas is one that jumps to mind. They don’t have room for either Mike Olt or Justin Upton on their current team. Could the Yankees give them enough to send Olt to Arizona? I think so. The Yankees could also mix their package to provide both guys that are ready now and higher-value prospects down the road. Warren, Mitchell and Phelps might not have a ceiling higher than #4 starter between them, but they’re all pretty close to that level right now, especially pitching in the NL West. As much as Eduardo Nunez has been shit on in NY, I’d rather have him than Willie Bloomquist as my starting shortstop. Arizona isn’t going to get multiple high-ceiling ready-to-play starters back for Upton, but an Olt/Mason Williams/Nunez/Phelps package would give them a solid mix of ready-to-playness and prospect quality.

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        With respect to the Ranger, what possible incentive would the Rangers have to make such a deal? Why give up a great prospect that is close to the majors for guys that are far away and have a lower chance of making it?

      • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Because Mike Olt has nowhere to play on the Rangers and the Yankees could give them a higher-ceiling prospect. If you’re the Rangers and the Yankees come offering you Gary Sanchez for Mike Olt, you do that, right? It seems like you’re arguing a team would never trade a lower-ceiling player close to the majors for a higher-ceiling player a couple years off.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        I mean, you’re asking for specifics when you really can’t look at prospect trades like that. Say Arizona is looking to get 50 units of prospect value in an Upton trade. Say the Yankees are willing to surrender 60 units of prospect value to get Upton (he’s of particular value to him because of how his contract affects their LT bill). Even if the Yankees don’t have the specific 50 units that Arizona is said to be looking for, they should be able to get them.

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        From Arizona’s end, Olt wouldn’t be nearly enough to give up Upton, if some convoluted deal got them Olt and Williams and Sanchez….that probably still wouldn’t do it (no immediate help). The Rangers aren’t giving up Profar.

        All I’m saying is….I don’t think Arizona is really interested in trading Upton, and if they were going to…they would have to be blown away by a deal to do it. The likelihood of any team pulling the trigger on such a deal is small…the likelihood that such a deal somehow winds up getting Upton to the Yankees is even smaller.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        I know this is what Towers is supposedly looking for, but why is Arizona so hung up on immediate help? They’re seven games behind the division leader and six games behind the second wild card with the Mets, Cardinals and Dodgers between them and Atlanta. And I think you’re sell Olt a little short – while the Texas League is definitely a hitters’ league, he’s still the best hitter in it, and his MLEs say he’d hit better in Arizona than Ryan Roberts does right now. If Kevin Towers isn’t willing to take back a package that includes multiple top-30 prospects, then I’m not sure why they bothered publicly putting Upton out there like this.

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        I agree….the whole situation is…weird. Upton is just 24, he was putting up an MVP-like season at an age that most guys get their first sniff of the majors.

        I think they just floated it to see if anyone would knock their socks off with a deal they just couldn’t turn down.

  2. gibbskins9 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Victorino is not a scrub, but I would aim hire for Span or Francora

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Denard Span of the 22 career homeruns? Not really a huge fan of his. Who is Francora? Are you talking about Jeff Francoeur? I would pass there too if I were the Yankees.

  3. metalhead65 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    dear God please sign him before walt jocketty wakes up and realizes there is another washed up ex-cardnial out there for him to sign and overpay.

  4. yankeesgameday - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    This isn’t terrible. Ankiel would hang out in AAA so they could see what he has left and they’d call him up if he comes back to life, and if Swisher is out for a while, AND if they can’t trade for anyone. Ankiel is insurance on top of insurance and only helps the Yanks to have him as an option. Think Darnel McDonald here.

  5. randygnyc - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    They don’t necessarily need a corner outfielder with power. Gardner didn’t have much. Span could fill in nicely. At this point, we need some defense, speed and a contact hitter.

  6. stevem7 - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Everytime someone gets DFA’d his name is linked to the Yankees. SORRY, but the Yankees currently have 4 people to play 3 outfield positions not including Nick Swisher. Additionally, they have Dickerson, Fukadome, and McDonald at AAA who can do just as good a job as Ankiel so there really is no interest by the Yankees. The interest is sports writers attempting to create stories.

  7. artthoumad - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    @stevem7- I would take ankiel over fukudome and McDonald any day. ankiel would just serve as a defensive replacement anyway. he has a gun and has enough speed. fukudome and McDonald have not really shown that they can hit better than ankiel anyway. in fact i wouldn’t want any of them to bat.

    • pisano - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      art..I agree, and McDonald can’t hit anything, including his ass.

    • stevem7 - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      @arthoumad – In the 60 or so games left, Ankiel could not possibly provide that much upside over Dickerson/Fukudome/McDonald. He can’t get 10 more HR’s than they can in 60 games and he can’t get 30 more hits then they can in 60 games. So all you would be changing would be change for the sake of change which is a totally worthless endeavor. That’s the trouble, people never look at the Return On Investment. If the guy can’t give you a significant UPSIDE then you really can’t justify him over anyone else. Prove to me he’s so much better than the other three and you got a believer. But we both know that you can’t.

  8. Ick McWang - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Good fit for the Rays, a guy who can play multiple positions defensively and has a good arm and some pop. Heck, any pop, any chance at a hit, would be good on this team. DFA Matsui, and pick this guy up. He can’t be worse than Matsui, who hit two HR in his first 3 games and hasn’t done ANYTHING since.

  9. cackalackyank - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I have to take the position that the Yankees need more than a defensive replacement. Ibanez and Jones may wear out. Swisher may be dinged, and they should not try to rush him. I think something better than Fukodome and Macdonald is required, never mind Ankiel. I kind of like Victorino or dare I suggest a reunion with Soriano?

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      No, you may not.

  10. Kevin S. - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Blegh, Ankiel is terrible. He can hit a ball far when he actually connects with it, but that’s exceedingly rare. And his defensive chops are WAY overstated. He’s got a solid arm, but his range doesn’t play in center at all and is only adequate in the corners.

  11. thefalcon123 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Rick is currently the owner of an extraordinary 59/12 K/BB ratio….which would be awesome if he were still a pitcher.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    All i konw is the Jays cant even play .500 baseball anymore and i cant wait to play them again and proudly and cur and that other clown will not make this nightmare of a team any better no matter how much they pray. The jays will suck forever and forever and you will learn to love it cause you have NO CHOICE

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  14. iclight79 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Ankiel’s slash line might not be all that impressive, but when you have the chance to get a pitcher who hasn’t allowed a run in nearly eight years, you jump on that opportunity.

  15. 454ss - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    What did you say harry?

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