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Rick Ankiel | Outfielder

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Dan McLaughlin said on the Cardinals' television broadcast Wednesday that Rick Ankiel has retired from baseball.
Ankiel said as recently as February that he was open to playing in 2014 if the right situation came along, but he has apparently given up on the idea of a comeback and is now aiming to join a team's front office in some capacity. His once-promising career as a pitcher fizzled out due to extreme control problems, but he still made his mark as a hitter for a brief stretch, which is quite a testament to his talent. Mar 5 - 1:33 PM

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Rick Ankiel stated in an interview on Sirius XM on Friday that he's still open to playing in 2014.

The free agent outfielder hasn't heard from any interested teams, but has yet to give up hope. At this point, he will have to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, but in the right destination he could compete for a bench spot on a team in need of left-handed power.
Feb 7 - 11:07 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent Rick Ankiel is willing to extend his career in 2014, even if that involves taking a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Ankiel, 34, spent the 2013 season with the Astros and Mets, racking up a paltry 136 plate appearances with a .657 OPS to show for it. In fact, he has posted a sub-.700 OPS in each of the past three seasons. Beyond occasional power, Ankiel doesn't bring much to the field, but on a risk-free minor league deal, some teams could do worse.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Rick Ankiel has elected to become a free agent.

Ankiel was designated for assignment by the Mets last week after batting just .182/.239/.364 with 25 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances. The 33-year-old former pitcher will presumably try to latch on with a new organization.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Mets designated OF Rick Ankiel for assignment.

The 33-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Saturday in his final game with the Mets and is now batting just .188/.235/.422 with 60 strikeouts in 45 games this season between New York and Washington. He will try to latch on as a backup outfielder with a new team.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 08:28:00 PM

Rick Ankiel went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

Ankiel has predictably slowed down after his hot start with New York, collecting just two hits in his last 22 at-bats. Still, the Mets figure to keep running him out there in center field against right-handers for the time being. He's not really an option outside of deeper NL-only leagues.
Fri, May 31, 2013 09:51:00 PM

Rick Ankiel tripled and doubled twice against the Reds on Wednesday.

The triple should have been a double, too, but Xavier Paul fell down in left field twice on the play. Ankiel is now 10-for-31 with seven extra-base hits as a member of the Mets. It probably won't last, but it's nice to see him doing well. His career was in danger of being over when the Astros let him go.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Cubs.

Ankiel is 6-for-20 (.300) with two homers, four RBI and six strikeouts since joining the Mets earlier this week. The 33-year-old is not going to hit for a high batting average, but he has enough pop to be useful in NL-only leagues as long as he gets regular at-bats in center field.
Sat, May 18, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI but the Mets fell to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Ankiel singled in the top of the second inning and then hit a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh. But the Mets wound up losing their third straight game in St. Louis. Ankiel is 2-for-8 since joining New York.
Wed, May 15, 2013 11:30:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that Rick Ankiel and Juan Lagares will platoon in center field.

Ankiel will start against right-handed pitchers while Lagares will play against southpaws. We're not expecting much in the way of batting average, but Ankiel could provide enough pop to hold some value in NL-only formats. This arrangement could cut into at-bats for Jordany Valdespin, though Collins has talked about using him at second base if Daniel Murphy continues to struggle.
Mon, May 13, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Mets signed OF Rick Ankiel to a one-year contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report that the two sides were talking. Ankiel batted just .194 with 35 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances before getting released last week by the Astros, but he has some power and a big arm. The 33-year-old should see semi-regular playing time in a New York outfield that lacks talent. He's starting in center field Monday night against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Mon, May 13, 2013 03:52:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets are "in talks on a deal" with outfielder Rick Ankiel.

Ankiel was released by the Astros last week after batting .194 with a .231 on-base percentage and 35 strikeouts over 65 plate appearances. He did hit five homers, and could add some needed pop to the Mets' roster.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, May 13, 2013 03:17:00 PM

Astros released OF Rick Ankiel.

Ankiel cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. While the 33-year-old had five homers, he was hitting just .194/.231/.484 with an ugly 35/3 K/BB ratio. It's telling that the worst team in baseball didn't have use for him anymore, so he could struggle to find another opportunity with an MLB club.
Thu, May 9, 2013 04:44:00 PM

Astros designated OF Rick Ankiel for assignment.

Ankiel has banged out five home runs this season, but he's hit an ugly .194/.231/.484 overall and has a 3/35 BB/K ratio. He'll be able to catch on elsewhere, but he might have to work his way up through the minors first. The Astros also designated Fernando Martinez for assignment Monday.
Mon, May 6, 2013 06:19:00 PM

Rick Ankiel hit his fifth home run of the season Monday against the Mariners.

Ankiel accounted for all of the Astros' offense on the night, as he took Carter Capps deep for a solo shot in the seventh. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .237 with an ugly 24/0 K/BB ratio, but five of his nine hits have been home runs. He also holds a .921 OPS. Keep running him out there in AL-only leagues, though the rebuilding Astros could change course at any time.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 11:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2Josh Satin
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Andrew Brown
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jenrry Mejia
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kyle Farnsworth
2Jose Valverde
3Scott Rice
4Gonzalez Germen
5Jeurys Familia
6Carlos Torres
7Daisuke Matsuzaka
8Bobby Parnell