Mets sign outfielder Rick Ankiel

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Rick Ankiel

The New York Mets have signed free agent outfielder Rick Ankiel after he was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros.The 33-year-old veteran is slated to start in center field Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ankiel had a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Astros, and has hit .194 with five home runs and 11 RBIs on the year.