February 12, 2009

Ankiel on for '09

With barely a couple hours remaining before arbitration was set to begin in an Arizona hotel, Rick Ankiel secured a one-year deal with the Cardinals worth $2.825 million.

The contract amount is a split difference of numbers submitted by Ankiel's agent, Scott Boras, and Cardinals' ownership. Ankiel's high end was $3.3 million while the Cardinals organization offered the low end at $2.35 million.

According to a post by Matthew Leach on the Official Web Site of the St. Louis Cardinals, no doors to longer-term deals were closed.

While it doesn't seem likely the Cards will be able to risk keeping Ankiel on board with a multi-year deal, Cardinal Nation is hopeful that the Cardinals ownership will remain open-minded about the idea and continue to evaluate the possibility throughout the upcoming season.

photo by Barbara Moore