I know its really not that big of a deal, but I felt obligated to bring up a few points about Rick Ankiel, since he seems like a very popular pickup in many of the AAOPs that have been posted. Perhaps this isn't the best place to post this, but it seemed like a better idea than commenting on many different posts.
I don't have any real problem with the idea of picking up Rick Ankiel, since most assume he would accept something like 1yr for 1.5-2.0 mil, but, if thats who we're picking up to be a backup CF/OF, why wouldn't we just keep Jason Pridie. I'm not sure I've seen him on any AAOP rosters at all.
Those numbers are pretty similar, with an edge towards Pridie. Pridie is also 4 years younger and slightly faster. Both hit for decent power with low averages. Pridie walks a little bit more, and I was impressed with his patience at the plate for someone with practically no prior MLB experience. That brings up the fact that Pride actually has a little bit of upside. Last year represented his only MLB time outside of 11 ABs with the Twins. He might be a late bloomer. I think its safe to say that Ankiel is what we think he is and that last years numbers represent what we would expect from him as a Met.
Defensively, I think its a wash, as Pridie has a great reputation as a defender, played a nice CF, and has a slight speed edge, while Ankiel obviously has a glorious throwing arm. Monetarily, Pridie is still making near the league minimum, while Ankiel would probably cost a least $1M more.
Is it even a choice?