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Pirates think Ankiel is a good fit

The Pirates think a relationship with longtime Cardinal Rick Ankiel could be mutually beneficial, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pittsburgh, according to the paper, plans to look for short term fill ins as the club continues its never ended process of rebuilding. But the Buccos think that could be perfect for a guy like Ankiel who is coming off a lousy season.

The Pirates would offer a one-year deal and a promise of being a major league starter to Ankiel to allow him to prove that 2009 was a fluke while keeping the seat warm for the next Pittsburgh centerfield prospect.