Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/18/13
One of baseball's biggest reclamation projects in history will attempt to make the roster of the sport's largest organizational rebuild. Rick Ankiel was an 11-game winner as a left-handed pitcher with St. Louis in 2000. He hit 25 home runs as an outfielder with the Cardinals in 2008. Now, the 33-year-old who hit just .228 in 68 games with Washington in 2012 will attempt to extend his career with the Houston Astros. General manager Jeff Luhnow said Houston has extended a non-roster spring training invitation to Ankiel. The rebuilding Astros are especially thin in the outfield, with Fernando Martinez, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Brandon Barnes expected to compete for playing time. Ankiel struggled during his last two seasons with the Nationals and hasn't hit above .239 since 2008, when he batted .264 with 71 RBI and an .843 on-base plus slugging percentage in 120 games for St. Louis. The Astros believe Ankiel still has offensive power and is a solid defender, though, and h...
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