Royals Sign Rick Ankiel

The Royals officially signed outfielder Rick Ankiel to a one-year, $3.25MM deal today.  The contract has a second-year mutual option worth $6MM, and Ankiel can earn up to $500K in incentives this year.  Yahoo's Tim Brown first tweeted news of the agreement Thursday night, with Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports following the next day with the incentives.

Back on December 10th, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Scott Boras wanted three years and "big money" for Ankiel, but ultimately he settled for an unsurprising contract.  Ankiel also drew interest from the Cubs, Pirates, and Red Sox this winter.

Ankiel will try to rebuild value in Kansas City after slipping to a .231/.285/.387 line for the Cardinals in 2009.  The 30-year-old's maladies included a sore Achilles tendon, a deep shoulder bruise, and a groin strain.  The shoulder injury, suffered in May, came from a headfirst collision with a wall and lingered most of the season. 

A converted pitcher, Ankiel has experience at all three outfield positions but predominantly played center field.  He'll join Scott Podsednik, David DeJesus, and possibly Brian Anderson in the Royals' outfield, with Jose Guillen presumably serving as designated hitter.


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57 Comments on "Royals Sign Rick Ankiel"


NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

Players are still getting money. Makes it more interesting for Nady and Damon.

aruntuddle
5 years 7 months ago

dude has talent. he just needs to get his batting average up.

jlowrance
5 years 7 months ago

Good lord… how many OFers do they have?

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

That option is pretty hefty.

5 years 7 months ago

It’s mutual, it means nothing except for its buyout. If Ankiel likes it the Royals will decline, and vice versa.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I know. I just always get so wow’ed by big-figure options.

prophetjohn
5 years 7 months ago

still impressive of boras to get that kind of money for ank.

Wolfbane
5 years 7 months ago

Royals sign another guy who doesn’t get on base, what a shock

CrustyJuggler
5 years 7 months ago

Typical Royals move. In what universe is Ankiel worth that contract? He was hurt and fairly awful in 2009.

Nobody ever accused the Royals of being a smart franchise I guess.

goldenglove002
5 years 7 months ago

Boras settles low. Could Damon he aroud the corner? Gotta think 4.5 million sounds reasonable for him now if he can find a team.

mlbinsidesource
5 years 7 months ago

Damon going back to NY..,to be annouce the week for 6 mil…

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

Now all they need is to sign Duncan and bring back wellemeyer and they will have all the cardinals throw-a-ways.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

LOL… They already got the Braves throw aways lol

quintjs
5 years 7 months ago

Seriously, how does Moore have a job?

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

If the Royals sign Wellemeyer, Duncan, and Encarnacion then they will have a true AAA team!

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

You do remember that Wellemeyer was a Royal reject that St. Louis signed a few years back, right?

bmace420
5 years 7 months ago

actually..he’s a cubs reject, just sayin

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

Yes I do, but then in 2008 he had a 3.71 ERA for StL. He made 7.1 million last year from arbitration because he had such a good year, but last year he was dreadful.

Howcome
5 years 7 months ago

shows how bad the NL sux

Howcome
5 years 7 months ago

More prima facie evidence of how bad the NL is

cgav
5 years 7 months ago

It is sad that his tenure with the Cardinals organization had to come to an end, but I believe it was time for a new beginning for Rick. I wish him the best of luck and hope he rebounds strongly in 2010. I’ll still never forget those 2 throws in Colorado.

Mickeyblue
5 years 7 months ago

I think this is a good pick up for the Royals and I think he will flourish next year there.

BirdsOnDaBat07
5 years 7 months ago

The minimum is to much for Ankiel. Love the comeback story but, man way to many k’s

5 years 7 months ago

So right field.

5 years 7 months ago

I won’t say this is money spent as well as it could have been, but it should still help out the Royals (not like that would take a lot to do). Guillen posted a -16.0 UZR last season, so I’m assuming it was a priority to get him out of RF. Maybe giving him the DH job will make him focus on improving his plate performance and start hitting like a top-half of the lineup hitter should. Ankiel’s been a +WAR guy since he converted to OF, so if he can overcome the injuries it’s certainly an upgrade for the Royals.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

Podsednik CF
DeJesus LF
Guillen DH
Butler 1B
Gordon 3B
Callaspo 2B
Betancourt SS
Ankiel RF
Kendall C

kinda ugly…

5 years 7 months ago

That’s an impressive lineup. I love the outfield/dh particularly.Podsednik CFDeJesus LFAnkiel RFGuillen DHClearly, the OF is not pumping there so it’s a good thing they’re defensively aweso-… wait? Not so much? Doh! Oh well for the Royals. I thought they might turn the corner by having a youth movement, but this seems to be some sort of “scrubs movement.” Nobody is downright awful (well… except for maybe Guillen) but nobody seems to really excel at much either…

iancahill
5 years 7 months ago

Does anyone have hope that we will see Aviles at SS. He will be healthy.

CreativeMace
5 years 7 months ago

Will Ankiel really bat 8th in that lineup? He seems better suited for 6th IMO, but then again, my opinion doesn’t really matter.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

there are many way to arrange chairs on the Titanic…

5 years 7 months ago

never heard that one before

5 years 7 months ago

My above comment is not sarcasm.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

it was a good call to clarify this: i wasn’t sure you were clever enough to use sarcasm before you did.

wwy
5 years 7 months ago

I wish Ankiel all the best, but his poor plate discipline and bad OBP skills are really the last thing Kansas City needs (Dayton Moore is really unrepentant on this issue). I also find hard to believe that another team would have paid him even this much money coming off his dismal season last year. But I do wish him well.

Koby2
5 years 7 months ago

Another veteran to help the offense. World Series people! World Series! Now Guillen will be the DH, meaning Ka’aihue has no shot at making the team.

dreamer3kx
5 years 7 months ago

At least the Royals are spending some money and trying to improve unlike that sad franchise known as the Pittsburgh Pirates, what a pathetic team.

ColoredPaper
5 years 7 months ago

LOL!

I don’t think signing Ankiel really improves the team all that much. In fact, this is more like a sideways move by Moore… Again.

And you should really do some research before making comments like this. The Pirates just signed Dotel. And Carrasco. And Church. And Crosby. All of them so far this offseason. It really wouldn’t be too bright to say that they’re not spending money and trying to improve if they’re signing players. In fact, I think they’ve improved much more than the Royals have so far during this offseason.

bucco_nation
5 years 7 months ago

That’s a good screenname for you bro, the consensus is that a storm is brewing in the Burgh, but a guy like you wouldn’t know that, since we didn’t overpay a FA that you saw on a game on ESPN, I’ll let you get back to your dream.

And I like this for KC, Ricky will bounce back, little more expensive than I would of thought though.

Corey
5 years 7 months ago

Wow! A Pirate fan. Haven’t they been rebuilding for almost 20 years now? A storm is brewing, but it will only effect the southern part of the NL central standings!! Go Cubs!! (It’s all in fun man, good luck to Pirates, may they finish one slot under the Cubbies!)

bucco_nation
5 years 7 months ago

Lol, that was good. Yes we’ve been one of the worst run franchises in professional sports for the past 15 years, but historically we’re one of the greatest franchises. And it looks like we’re on the right track again, finally.

5 years 7 months ago

With the exception of having Grienke, I’d definitely take Pittsburgh’s team over the Royals. They’ve kept payroll down and are growing talent up. But maybe that’s just me. (Then again, I’d take Greinke on his own over either team almost.)

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Observation Fail

Restocked farm system from trading medocre veterans and a slew of fine pieces like Iwamura, Church, Dotel, Donelley, and Carrasco all added at value prices.

No the Pirates didn’t overpay for Bay but they have been working hard to improve their team.

JeremyR
5 years 7 months ago

While it’s true he’s mostly played CF, he shouldn’t have. He’s not very good at it.

When he got replaced by Rasmus, the difference was so dramatic, it seemed like Rasmus teleported to balls.

Still, he’s an exciting player to watch. He can do amazing things at times.