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MLB Trade Deadline: Royals OF Rick Ankiel Not Forgotten

The Royals activated OF Rick Ankiel from the disabled list this week as they made other roster moves that created the space.

Ankiel hadn't played since April 24 because of a strained quad meaning, with three months out already, this season with the Royals is basically already a waste.

But Ankiel does apparently have some value to contenders, according to Peter Gammons.

I’d still pick [Rick] Ankiel if he shows he can play, the problem is he came back off the DL last night, hasn’t played any rehab games, so it’s hard to tell if you can take him.

The Royals will surely put Ankiel in every position they can to "showcase" Ankiel but I'm not sure if that will help much.

I mean, this is the same guy that saw the Yankees walk Jason Kendall to get to him on Friday night. Not exactly the best endorsement from his peers with the baseball trade deadline nearing.

But, if anyone wants him, I'm sure the Royals wouldn't have a problem moving Ankiel.

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