Scott Boras shoots down rumor about Rick Ankiel possibly pitching again

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Earlier this week Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch passed along a rumor that Rick Ankiel “is open to giving pitching one last shot since his market as a position player appears minimal.”

Not so fast, says Ankiel’s agent, Scott Boras (via Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports): “Rick Ankiel is a position player. He’s not pitching.”

We’ll see whether Boras and Ankiel change their minds if the market for him as an outfielder proves extremely weak, as expected. Ankiel has basically had one good full season as a hitter, back in 2008, and since then he’s hit just .234 with a .295 on-base percentage and .383 slugging percentage in 386 games.

At age 33 it’s hard to imagine any team giving him more than a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training as an outfielder.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.