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 lefthanded hitter batted .232 with six homers and 24 RBIs last season with Kansas City and Atlanta.
His best season was 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.
Other deals. Marlins righthander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract won't become final until Nolasco passes a physical. Nolasco will get $6 million next season, $9 million in 2012, and $11.5 million in 2013. He went 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA last season. . . . The San Francisco Giants and righthanded reliever Guillermo Mota have agreed to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Mota made the opening-day roster in 2010 after signing a minor-league contract last February. Mota, 37, went 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 56 appearances over 54 innings for San Francisco in his 12th major-league season.
Outfielder Austin Kearns is returning to the Cleveland Indians, agreeing to a $1.3 million, one-year contract. Kearns spent the first four months of last season with the Indians, then was traded to the New York Yankees on July 30 for pitcher Zach McAllister. Kearns batted .272 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 84 games with the Indians. . . . Righthanded reliever Luis Vizcaino, 36, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Pete Rose Jr. to manage. Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie-league team of the Chicago White Sox.
He will manage the Bristol, Va., affiliate in the Appalachian League.
Rose Jr. played 21 seasons of minor-league baseball with several organizations, including the White Sox. He appeared in 1,918 minor-league games and batted .271.
Pena says goodbye in ad. Former Rays slugger Carlos Pena wants Tampa Bay fans to know how much he enjoyed his four seasons with the AL East champions.
Less than two weeks after agreeing to a $10 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, Pena said goodbye to Rays fans in an ad in Monday's St. Petersburg Times.
Pena noted the Rays were the worst team in baseball when he joined the club in 2007. A year later, they won the first of two division titles and made an improbable run to the World Series.
The first baseman said the turnaround showed him "that anything is possible if I believe it to be with all my might." He also thanked team officials for believing in him.