Royals agree to one-year deal with OF Ankiel

BY foxsports • January 21, 2010

The Royals have agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with outfielder Rick Ankiel, one major league source confirmed to

The deal also includes a $6 million mutual option for 2011, sources said. Ankiel could also earn up to $500,000 in performance bonuses this year.

Kansas City has been seeking outfield help throughout the winter and should have a good defensive group, with David DeJesus, Scott Podsednik and Ankiel. Jose Guillen could figure into the rotation, as well, unless the Royals decide that he’s a better fit at designated hitter.

Ankiel is coming off a down year with the Cardinals. He batted .231 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in 122 games. He played all three outfield positions but spent the majority of his time in center.

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