This is not the end of one of the stranger careers in baseball history. Jon Heyman reports the Mets have signed Rick Ankiel to a major-league deal, and he'll immediately join the team in St. Louis.

Advertisement

It'll be the sixth team in five seasons for Ankiel, who was DFAed by the Astros last week with a truly remarkable first month of the season—five home runs, three walks, and 35 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances.

New York gets a left-handed power bat off the bench. Ankiel could make his Mets debut at Busch Stadium as early as tonight.

Advertisement

Update: He's starting! The Mets are the best.