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Rick Ankiel appears to have won Nats CF job

Jayson Werth was the highest profile addition to the Nationals' outfield picture over the off-season. But he's not the only one.

Former Cardinals pitcher turned slugging outfielder Rick Ankiel appears to have won the job as Washington's starting centerfielder with a strong spring training, according to the Washington Post.

He only hit .200 in Grapefruit League Play, but Ankiel belted three homers and played strong defense to impress another former Cardinal -- Nats manager Jim Riggleman.

While I'm thrilled to see Ankiel, who bounced around to the Royals and Braves last year after the Cardinals gave youngster Colby Rasmus their centerfield job, catch on.

But I'm also glad to see that Ank's good fortune is apparently at the cost of Nationals jerk outfielder Nyjer Morgan.

Since Ankiel basically took Morgan's job away, the self congratulating blow hard will either find himself buried on the bench, in Class AAA or traded, according to the Washington Post.

Morgan drew the ire of Cardinals players and fans last season when he went un-necessarily high in a collision with Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson and then stood up and beat his chest after he scored. The incident led to a boil over on Monday when the Cardinals and Nationals benches cleared when St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter plunked Morgan with a pitch.

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