Nationals Release Rick Ankiel

The Nationals have released outfielder Rick Ankiel, the team announced. Washington designated the outfielder for assignment last week.

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. The Yankees had some interest in Ankiel before acquiring Ichiro Suzuki.


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19 Comments on "Nationals Release Rick Ankiel"


3 years 7 days ago

Can he pitch?

3 years 7 days ago

I assume he can as he was a pitcher before he became an outfielder.

Jwick22
3 years 7 days ago

A rotation of huddy,ankiel and sheets!!! But its no longer the early 2000s

Michael Brown
3 years 7 days ago

Cue Braves sign Rick Ankiel in 1, 2, 3…

Jeff R
3 years 7 days ago

making room for Greinke?! the Nats can just take him with them when they leave Milwaukee…

jeff watson
3 years 7 days ago

Ankiel was DFa’d 10 days ago to make room for Drew Storen.

3 years 7 days ago

Rangers will get Grienke…Nats have nothing worth offering.

Jamespfunk
3 years 7 days ago

Nats wouldn’t trade for a rental player like Grienke unless he was coming cheap which he won’t. Rangers can have him.

Thomas Rodriguez
3 years 7 days ago

Get on it Dodgers. No more of this Tony Gwynn Jr. nonsense

3 years 7 days ago

Good call, Ankiel is superior outfielder and a power hitter/clutch.

The_Silver_Stacker
3 years 7 days ago

Ankiel’s highest OPS over the last 5 years (including this year) is a underwhelming .709 back in 2010 OUCH.

FS54
3 years 7 days ago

yeah I am sure Rizzo signed him for that number.

mgsports
3 years 7 days ago

That doesn’t make any room for him he was DFA when somebody was coming off the DL.

ctownboy
3 years 7 days ago

Reds GM Walt Jocketty “feels a need to do something”.

And there it is……

An aging player with diminishing stats, that bats Left Handed and who is a former Cardinal that the team can pick up off the trash heap for cheap.

Magorphenger
3 years 7 days ago

There is no reason the Mariners should not take a chance.

3 years 7 days ago

Mets should get Ankiel, trade hairston for a valuable piece

Robert Johnson
3 years 7 days ago

Guy’s still got an electric arm. Sign him to a minor league deal and try to work him into the bullpen. If it doesn’t work out, you could always release him.

Seth
3 years 7 days ago

Braves should pick him up again. He’s a solid backup.

camerondatzker
3 years 6 days ago

If I were The Giants I would take a shot on Rick Ankiel. he is a lefthanded power hitter and can play center-field. He is a guy worth looking into.