Rick Ankiel elects free agency

Rick Ankiel, who was designated for assignment by the Mets last week, has elected free agency, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Ankiel could have accepted an assignment to the minor leagues, but chose to become a free agent. Any team can now sign him.

He hit .182 with a .239 OBP in 20 games for the Mets, with two home runs, seven RBI and 25 strikeouts.