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    Rick Ankiel

    Ankiel Available?
    Rick Ankiel is attempting to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. The intriguing thing is, St. Louis has to put him on waviers if he doesn't make the team:

    With Jim Edmonds and former Marlin Juan Encarnacion set in center and right field and a trio of candidates for the left-field job, Ankiel's chances of making the big-league team are remote. Landing in Class AAA Memphis would be progress.
    But even that will be tricky. Having exhausted his options, Ankiel must pass through waivers if he does not make the Cardinals. Ankiel could have been claimed for $50,000 had the Cardinals not placed him on the 40-man roster. They now have until March 11 to sign him for the season.


    I suspect a number of teams will be watching Rick this spring. There someone out there who could use an outfielder with a great arm in his prime.
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    Would you take him?

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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    I'd take him only if he could remember how to pitch and only if he'd be willing to try it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KearnsyEars
    I'd take him only if he could remember how to pitch and only if he'd be willing to try it again.
    he will never be anything special as an OF. At some point he will turn back to pitching again.
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    Nope, he's an OF and we don't need them.
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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    nah, he'd just hold back one of our many talented young players

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    Actually, I would claim him. I believe he has upside and outside Deneforia we have no depth in OF outside our top level. Would give you a guy with a little upside if you did trade Jr, Pena or Kearns for pitching.

    Anyone know how his arm is for OF? Is he accurate on throws?

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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    No thanks...I'll pass.

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    It'd be tempting to claim him just to make LaRussa mad.
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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    Pena, JR., and Kearns have all struggled with injuries in the past, we could use more depth.

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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44
    Pena, JR., and Kearns have all struggled with injuries in the past, we could use more depth.
    We definitely could but if we want to keep Ankiel, we'd have to keep him on the big club just like Wily Mo. I don't know if I want to take a chance that he can play on a big league level as a backup OFer.
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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    We definitely could but if we want to keep Ankiel, we'd have to keep him on the big club just like Wily Mo. I don't know if I want to take a chance that he can play on a big league level as a backup OFer.
    This is true.

    Valid point.

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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    Does anyone else remember when Red Auerbach drafted Danny Ainge despite his vow that he was going to stick with baseball as a Toronto Blue Jay rather than play basketball? Everyone thought the Celtics had wasted a draft pick on a guy who had firmly stated his intentions. Well, Auerbach may have played a hunch or figured out Ainge would never learn to hit the curve because he ended up with a key component to a few championship teams. I believe an athlete might change his mind if he sees a dream slipping away.

    I'd take Ankiel and wait to see what happens. It would be fun to have a left handed pitcher (lefty specialist) in left field who could flip flop with a right handed pitcher when a tough lefty batter comes up and a K is badly needed. It would be even nicer to see the kid go nine against the Cards.

    BTW, anyone remember Wayne Granger going to left field while Dave Bristol (I believe) brought in a lefty to face a lefty batter?
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    Rick Ankiel is our generations Von McDaniel.

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    Re: Rick Ankiel

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44
    Pena, JR., and Kearns have all struggled with injuries in the past, we could use more depth.
    I'd rather find a guy who has hit in the majors before
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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    I'd rather find a guy who has hit in the majors before
    I understand, but you aren't going to get a shot at a guy like that for next to free. Ankiel, you may have a shot at for the price of a waiver claim and a roster spot.

    I mean, what does it hurt if he takes the spot of Jacob Cruz or Chris Denorfia coming out of spring training? If he doesn't work, you can waive him later and bring one of those guys up.


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