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Rick Ankiel is a free agent again

Jun 13, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

Rick Ankiel, Adeiny Hechavarria AP

Rick Ankiel has elected to become a free agent again after being designated for assignment by the Mets last week.

Ankiel has now been let go by two of the five worst teams (Astros, Mets) in baseball this season while hitting .188 with 60 strikeouts in 136 trips to the plate. He’s a helluva story and universally well-liked around baseball, but Ankiel is 33 years old and hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2008.

Since moving from pitcher to outfielder in 2007 he’s appeared in 598 games for six different teams while hitting a combined .242 with a .304 on-base percentage and .424 slugging percentage.

  1. yahmule - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    • badintent - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:32 AM

      fantastic. thumbs down from popheads and rapcrappers Cream , one of the best ever ! Crossroads , the best rock song. Next to Stanglehold.

  2. unlost1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    he could be a better closer than what half the teams have now, day one

    • yahmule - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      If home plate was four feet wide.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        …and the batters were all 20ft tall.

    • dickclydesdale - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      He could start for the Dodgers after all they have a bunch of 3rd stringers in the lineup.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      He could probably be a starter for the Angels. Not that he’s that good, but the Angels rotation is that poor so far.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Yah, if they let him throw from the outfield.

  3. kevinbnyc - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I hope he brings his talents to South Beach.

  4. kaboomdmv - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Poor guy.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      My joking above aside, the guy’s played pro ball over 14 years, 11 in MLB, and earned over $11M. He’s lived something most of us can only dream of. I applaud his career, and can’t bring myself to agree with the “poor guy” sentiment, even if intended sarcastically.

      • yahmule - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        Ankiel had some struggles most people could never really understand. His father was cut from the Piersall/Marinovich/Agassi cloth, but was an alcoholic with a long criminal record as well.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        I did not know that, all the more reason to celebrate what he did accomplish.

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