Mets should make serious push for Rick Ankiel

It looks like the Mets’ roster is rounding into shape.

The only thing missing, it seems, is a lefty-hitting, flexible outfielder who can be brought in on the cheap.

Enter Rick Ankiel. So, what exactly are the Mets waiting for?

For a team in search of some spunk and grit, Ankiel could provide the Mets just what they need. Ankiel is an above-average defensive center fielder with a rocket-cannon of an arm. While he has his offensive flaws, Ankiel has the intangibles to be a productive member of a team in need of some grit.

For his career, Ankiel is .246 hitter with 64 home runs and 218 RBI’s in 540 games, while also boasting a .309 OBP and .423 slugging percentage. Sure, those are not eye-opening numbers, but for a team that is looking to sign a relatively cheap free agent, Ankiel’s skill-set matches what the Mets are looking for.

Ankiel is athletic enough to play all outfield positions and he could be great insurance in case the Mets’ newest addition Andres Torres can’t hold up for a full season in center.

With the Mets’ starting outfield of Torres, Jason Bay and Lucas Duda all but set and Scott Hairston being the power-hitting righty off the bench, the Mets desperately need a lefty off the bench who has some semblance of power. This is where having Ankiel at your disposal helps.

But let’s not forget what Ankiel’s calling card is. That would be his defense and his arm. Last year, Ankiel had one error in 243 defensive chances, good for a .996 fielding percentage.

Ankiel would be a perfect fit for Citi Field’s dimensions. And considering the injury history of Torres and Bay, this potential signing just seems natural. Plus, when you factor in Duda’s subpar play in right field, a guy like Ankiel to fill in late in games for defense is beyond beneficial.

In summation, this move makes all the sense in the world. Here’s to hoping Sandy Alderson and the Mets can work out the finances and come to terms with Ankiel. If they do, Ankiel will immediately become a fan favorite.

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6 comments for “Mets should make serious push for Rick Ankiel

  1. Brandon Lee
    February 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Well if the Mets bench was Hairston, Turner, Cedeno, Nickeas, and Ankiel I’d be fine with that. It’s a good blend of offensive production and defensive improvements. But they definitely need to find a left handed bat for the bench.

  2. Brian Joura
    February 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Here’s two stat lines for you to consider.

    Player A – .239/.296/.363
    Player B – .231/.309/.370

    Versus RHP
    Player A – .243/.300/.379
    Player B – .237/.320/.367

    Not much to separate these guys, is there? Player A is Ankiel, Player B is Jason Pridie, who we could have had for minimum wage but kicked to the curb.

  3. Metsense
    February 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Dan, I could not have said it better, “this move makes all the sense in the world.”
    Brian, you are absolutely right, “Pridie, who we could have had for minimum wage but kicked to the curb”
    And my two cents (which is two cents more than Fred), Endy Chavez signed for 1.5M. .301/.323/.426 and a team desperate for fan approval also lost out on the PR angle.

  4. Dan Stack
    February 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Thanks, well let’s see if it comes to fruition.

  5. charles walte
    February 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    yeah, what are we waiting for!!! SIGN RICK UP FAST!!!
    LETS GO METS!!!!

  6. Tim DiTullio
    February 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Not only would Rick be a great pick up for the Mets,he is already here in Florida ready for spring training and he could sleep in his own childhood bed in Fort Pierce, a 15 min. ride from Digital Domain Park, the Mets spring training HQ.

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