New York Mets Sign Free Agent Outfielder Rick Ankiel
(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets agreed to a contract with free agent outfielder Rick Ankiel. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
The 33-year-old Ankiel was cut loose earlier this month by the Houston Astros after batting .194, with three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBIs in 25 games. Last season with the Washington Nationals, he hit .228 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 68 games.
Ankiel originally came up as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999 but was converted into an outfielder in 2005 due to control issues with his throwing.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Mets sent outfielder Andrew Brown to Triple-A Las Vegas and transferred pitcher Jenrry Mejia to the 60-day disabled list on the 40-man roster.
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