02/06/12 1:04 AM EST
Nats, Ankiel agree to Minor League deal
By Adam Berry and Bill Ladson / MLB.com
The Nationals were looking for a left-handed hitter for their bench, and Ankiel could be a good fit. He also could find himself platooning in center field with Mike Cameron, who also signed a Minor League deal this offseason.
There has also been talk this winter of moving right fielder Jayson Werth to center if Bryce Harper makes the leap to the Majors. The Nationals could still trade for a center fielder. Left-hander John Lannan is on the trade block and could be traded for a center fielder.
Last season, Ankiel hit .239 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 122 games with Washington and was an outstanding defender in center field.