Mets in talks with Ankiel

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013

The New York Mets are getting desperate for any offensive help they can get, so desperate they’re in talks with Rick Ankiel. Ankiel was just released by the lowly Houston Astros, so that itself should tell you how desperate the Mets are.

The Mets are in talks on a deal for free agent outfielder Rick Ankiel.

It isn’t known what other teams may be talking to Ankiel.

Ankiel, the pitcher-turned-outfielder, was hitting .194 but had five home runs in 25 games before the Astros released him. Ankiel, 33, could provide pop at a time the Mets are looking for a boost. (Jon Heyman – CBS Sports)

I guess when your outfield consists of Marlon Byrd, Andrew Brown, Lucas Dada, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin you’ll take any help you get. Ankiel’s five homeruns would also put him in a third place tie with David Wright on the team, trailing Duda and John Buck. Buck has ten homers on the season but only one in the month of May.

While Ankiel won’t be the piece that turns this team around it could be the start of keeping them ahead of the Miami Marlins

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