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12/21/10 1:00 PM EST

Nats finalize one-year deal with Ankiel

NEW YORK -- The Nationals agreed to terms with outfielder Rick Ankiel on a one-year deal on Monday, and the signing was officially announced on Tuesday after Ankiel passed a physical.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but reports indicate that Ankiel will make $1.5 million, plus performance bonuses.

The left-handed-hitting slugger hit a combined .210 with two home runs and 10 RBIs with the Royals and Braves in 2010. He missed most of the season because of a hamstring injury.

Ankiel is considered an excellent defensive outfielder with speed. He will compete against Roger Bernadina for the job in left field. According to a baseball source, Washington has not ruled out Ankiel competing against Nyjer Morgan in center field.

If he wins either job, Ankiel will be in a platoon situation, most likely with Michael Morse.

Ankiel is best remembered for his years with the Cardinals. He started out as a pitcher, but control problem forced him to become a position player. His best season was in 2008, when he hit .264 with 25 home runs and 71 RBIs for St. Louis.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.