Ankiel Signs With Royals


Ankiel will try to rebuild value in Kansas City after slipping to a .231/.285/.387 line for the Cardinals in 2009. The 30-year-old's maladies included a sore Achilles tendon, a deep shoulder bruise, and a groin strain. The shoulder injury, suffered in May, came from a headfirst collision with a wall and lingered most of the season.

via MLB Rumors – MLBTradeRumors.com.

Apologies to my non-sports-reading readers, but I just spotted this — what the hell is going on in Kansas City? Is Dayton Moore trying to collect every sub-.300 OBP player in baseball?

Last year the Royals drew 457 walks. There are currently about 450 Siberian tigers left in the wild. Anyone want to bet which ends up being more rare in 2010? This isn't just wishful thinking, but I really think the Tiger is going to bounce back. Yuniesky Betancourt's batting eye, not so much. Again, apologize for the non-political aside, but this stuff just makes me scratch my head.

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