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Rick Ankiel elects free agency after being designated for assignment by Mets

06/13/2013 11:09 AM ET
By Michael Tanowitz

Rick Ankiel hit .182 in 20 games with the Mets.(AP)
Rick Ankiel is officially gone from the Mets organization, having elected to become a free agent rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A.

The 33-year-old outfielder had signed with the Mets on May 13, days after being released by Houston, but was designated for assignment once again last Saturday after hitting just .182 with 25 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances.

For the season, Ankiel has hit .188 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 45 games with the Mets and Astros; his struggles at the plate include just 24 hits and eight walks in 136 total plate appearances, and he has recorded more strikeouts (60) than total bases (54).

A former pitcher with St. Louis from 1999-2004, Ankiel broke back into the Majors as an outfielder with the Cardinals in 2007, hitting .285 with 11 home runs, but he has played for five different teams since leaving St. Louis as a free agent after the 2009 season.

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