12/10/08 8:50 AM EST
Rays among teams interested in Ankiel
Cards outfielder reportedly drawing attention from five squads
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
According to a report in the New York Post, the Rays are among "at least five teams" looking to trade for the Cardinals outfielder.
The Cardinals needs are a closer and a starting pitcher. The Rays have plenty of starting pitching and starters Edwin Jackson and Andy Sonnanstine have been the most common names tossed around as trade bait during this offseason.
Ankiel, 29, bats and throws left-handed. He hit.264 with 25 home runs and 71 RBIs for the Cardinals in 2008. Once a promising pitcher -- he experienced a highly publicized control ordeal before returning to the Minor Leagues and changing positions. Ankiel has one of the best arms in baseball and can play right or center field.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.