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.

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.

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