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UPDATE: The Mets signed Rick Ankiel to a one-year contract

May 13, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

UPDATE: It’s a done deal, complete with the team’s plans for his playing time:

Bonus fun: he chose number 16 because he was a big Doc Gooden fan back in the day.

4PM: One would have thought that when the Houston Astros, the worst team in baseball, had no more use for Rick Ankiel that his career might be over. But never underestimate the power of specialization. For while the Astros are the worst overall team, the Mets may very well have the very worst outfield. And that, my friends, presents an opportunity for Mr. Ankiel.

Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are “in talks on a deal” for Ankiel, though it is not known if it’s serious or imminent or whatever.

Ankiel was hitting a paltry .194 with a .234 on-base percentage and had a miserable 35/3 K/BB ratio in 65 plate appearances when Houston released him. He did have five homers, though, so maybe he can find a place on the Mets.

  1. thebadguyswon - May 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Yeah….take a turn in the rotation.

    • kevinbnyc - May 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      It would be so cool if they gave him a shot and he could pitch again.

  2. paperlions - May 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    It would be cool if that could get done in time for him to take the field in StL this week.

    • blues1988 - May 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      you know the stl crowd would give him some love too! like i’ve said before, i’ll always be rooting for ankiel (just not the next 4 games)

    • jrfstl - May 13, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Deadspin says it’s done, and that he’s starting!
      http://deadspin.com/the-mets-sign-rick-ankiel-504767974?utm_source=feedly

      • paperlions - May 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Sweet! Good job by the Mets to allow Cardinal fans a last chance to say goodbye to a fan favorite.

  3. jeffa43 - May 13, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Really!?! As a huge Astro fan, I appreciated Ankiels effort. With that said, to k 70% of the time was hard to watch…

    To the ibviously interested Mets… I’m hitting 350 in my adult baseball league with no K’s in 50 at bats… I will donate my pay to charity, if you cover my mortgage and food!

  4. raulduke11 - May 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Hahahahaha

  5. Old Gator - May 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Heyman, eh? Gee – let me guess who Ankiel’s agent might be.

    • Kevin S. - May 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Winner!

  6. dukepatrol - May 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Sandy Alderson seemed more interested in how the minor league clubs are doing than the actual Major League club. I hope nobody goes to any of the games. Maybe that will send a message to the freakin ownership. A travesty

    • thebadguyswon - May 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Take a look at their attendance. Its still in free fall.

  7. turdfurgerson68 - May 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Ha ha, its the Mets…what more needs to be said?

    • thebadguyswon - May 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Just that you’re a tool.

      • turdfurgerson68 - May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        A non-tool that doesnt have that k machine on their team.

        Gonna be another looong summer out in Flushing Meadows….hahahaha.

    • chill1184 - May 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Nice to see that Obama’s broadband for everyone plan is connecting more and more ghetto trash welfare parasite Yankee fans to the internet.

      • turdfurgerson68 - May 13, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        That’s cold (and borderline racist) bro.

        This is the wrong website for you….the ‘I’m a product of incest’ site is more your calling.

        Have fun there bro.

  8. brooklynboy48 - May 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    After Wilpon said Alderson could spend money because the Mets financial problems were gone, they offer up RicKKKKKKKKKKKKKK ankiel as the answer. He’ll join Marcum as 2 useless moves.

  9. Reggie's Bush - May 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Championship!

  10. thebadguyswon - May 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Ankiel-Lagares platoon actually makes sense.

    At least you’ll get plus defense every night at more than just third base.

  11. whitdog23 - May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    is he still married to Bonnie Bernstein???

    • thebadguyswon - May 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      He was/ or is? NICE!

  12. blazertop - May 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Do the Mets know how often he strikes out? Worst % in MLB

  13. Old Gator - May 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Ankiel goes 0-3 with a walk (!) and a run scored, two strikeouts. Well, at least he made contact once.

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