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Rick Ankiel signs with Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the Washington

Nationals have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The deal announced Monday includes $1.25 million in performance

bonuses: $200,000 each for 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 plate

appearances, and $250,000 for 375.

The 30-year-old left-handed hitter batted .232 with six homers

and 24 RBIs this year with Kansas City and Atlanta.

His best season came in 2008, when he hit 25 homers and batted

.264 with St. Louis.

The former pitcher is a career .248 hitter with 55 home runs and

181 RBIs.

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