Nationals Designate Rick Ankiel For Assignment

The Nationals will designate Rick Ankiel for assignment to create roster space for Drew Storen, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The move creates 25 and 40-man roster space for Storen, who's being activated from the disabled list after battling elbow soreness.

Ankiel, 33, signed a one-year, $1.25MM contract with Washington this past offseason. He appeared in 68 games as the Nationals' center fielder and posted a .228/.282/.411 batting line with five home runs in 171 plate appearances.


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31 Comments on "Nationals Designate Rick Ankiel For Assignment"


Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

Accept the assignment and rejoin the team in September

elbeisbol
3 years 1 month ago

That really sucks for Ankiel.

Meanwhile, H-Rod is still here…

Edit: Rizzo apparently wanted an 8 man pen through the double-header weekend.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

The guy throws 100 with a disgusting breaking ball. Even if the Nats give up on him eventually there’s some team out there that will think they can fix his control problems.

Brian McKeever
3 years 1 month ago

Fast Henry should be a prime trade candidate. They won’t DFA him because, as you pointed out, he has too much raw talent.

3 years 1 month ago

Storen wasn’t “battling elbow soreness”. He had surgery on his elbow (to remove bone chips causing soreness in his elbow). No surgery, no DL.

WolandJR
3 years 1 month ago

I hated him when he started games last year, but really liked him off the bench. He will catch on with another team because he is a good CFer and has a little pop.

elbeisbol
3 years 1 month ago

Be sure to read the article on Davey that Boswell wrote. It covers how well Davey has utilized his bench and the discrepancy between their stats when they start and when Davey subs them in. Ankiel is not the only batter that is much better off the bench.

schellis
3 years 1 month ago

He’ll go where all old Cardinals go when they need a major league paycheck and starting job when they really aren’t starters any more.

I’m sure Jocketty is already on the phone to get him to Cincinnati

Leachpunk
3 years 1 month ago

He doesn’t strike out as much as Stubbs, so it is possible.

Leachpunk
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, downvoted because I commented on the reds best strikeout hitter since Adam Dunn… I hope the reds pursue denard span, a legitimate leadoff hitter, centerfielder and base stealer.

Crouses
3 years 1 month ago

Seems to be working… Look at what Ludwick has done for the Reds the last two months.

Gunner65
3 years 1 month ago

We have an OF shortage at the upper levels of our farm system … so you are probably right. Wouldn’t surprise me if they claimed him and sent Paul back down to AAA

monkeydung
3 years 1 month ago

this has ned colleti written all over it

Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

Why? Dodgers already have 3 journeyman OFs who could find their way out of a paper bag with a bat much faster than Ankiel…

monkeydung
3 years 1 month ago

because of exactly what you just said.

Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

Ahhhh…. Gotcha, the brain teaser for Ned. Did you see on TMZ that Twitter Ned Colletti has been unmasked, and it’s Real Ned Colletti?

3 years 1 month ago

If he’s a right handed bat, the Indians should pick him up.

$6592481
3 years 1 month ago

He’s a lefty, and the only real upgrade he provides in LF (or CF if they decide to move Brantley to accommodate Ankiel), is defense. His offensive numbers are about as bad as the Damon/Duncan platoon.

3 years 1 month ago

Rick still deserves all the respect in the world… He is an amazing ball player and athlete. Just wish he didn’t lose it upstairs on the hill… He was dominant. And then, to turn into a MLB-caliber outfielder, just like that… and first time back hit 36 homeruns in his first 165 games… the injuries and what not derailed him some more and his rhythym… regardless, Rick Ankiel was/is a phenomenal talent. And boy what an arm!

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

“He is the first player since Babe Ruth to
have won at least 10 games as a pitcher and also hit at least 50 home
runs. Ankiel is also the only player other than Babe Ruth to both start a
postseason game as a pitcher and hit a home run in the postseason as a
position player.”

He’ll always have that. I really would like him to accept the assignment and come back to the Nats in September because he’s a nice guy and a solid defensive replacement.

Some_guy_with_something_to_say
3 years 1 month ago

He’s not eligible for September call-up if he’s not on the 40 man roster. Somebody is going to pick him up.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

He can always be added back on to the 40 man correct? Because I have a hard time believing Chein-Ming Wang will still be on the 40 man roster come September.

cp7ny
3 years 1 month ago

he’d be perfect as a 4th outfielder for the yankees if gardner is done…

3 years 1 month ago

I’d welcome him to Cincy.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Rick. Ouch…

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

The Yankees have no need for Ankiel. Not with the way Wise has been playing for them off the bench (.841 OPS). I do think some team in need of a 4th OF should definitely look into Ankiel however. He has an amazing arm and is a very good defender at all 3 outfield positions.

SDFriarfan
3 years 1 month ago

I’d play Ankiel in Venable’s place in SD.

KoW
3 years 1 month ago

i’ll be shocked if the bucs don’t claim him.

tdw815
3 years 1 month ago

How a bat of the bench for the Mets

alxn
3 years 1 month ago

On his birthday…that’s harsh

Jeff
3 years 1 month ago

Is Ankiel out of options? I could see him as a decent pickup for the Braves of all people, as an upgrade over Hinske.