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Mets, Padres, Yankees ask about Mariners’ Dustin Ackley

Dec 10, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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With second base now off limits for a good decade or so, the Mariners have to be open to moving Dustin Ackley and/or Nick Franklin. According to CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Mets, Padres and Yankees have already inquired about Ackley.

Ackley, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, has hit a modest .245/.315/.354 in 1,324 major league at-bats, but he may have taken a step forward in the second half of last season, when he hit .304/.374/.435 in 184 at-bats. The Mariners were mostly using him a center fielder then, with Franklin starting at second. Overall, he made 49 starts at second, 46 in center and eight in left last season.

The Mets and Yankees, at least, would be looking at Ackley as a second baseman, it seems. The Mets are strongly considering trading Daniel Murphy, opening up the position for them, and the Yankees, of course, just lost Robinson Cano to the Mariners. The Padres might also use him at second if they trade Chase Headley and move Jedd Gyorko back to third.

The Mariners, though, could keep Ackley and continue to play him in the outfield. As is, they’re still looking for help out there; they’re still considering Nelson Cruz and they have some interest in re-signing Franklin Gutierrez. If the season started tomorrow, they’d probably have Michael Saunders, Ackley and either youngster Abraham Almonte or utilityman Willie Bloomquist starting.

  1. seattlej - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Christ. Duds seems like just the kind of “outfielder” that Jack-Z seems to have fallen in love with.

    • seattlej - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Duda.

      • joenash72 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        As a Seattle fan, I thought Duds summed things up pretty well :-(

  2. scyankee64 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I would sign Jeff Baker. He’s good against lefties and can play 2B, 3B, 1B, and corner OF. Kelly Johnson bats lefty. Sign Mark Reynolds to play third and add a little power since Arod will surely miss 50-162 games.

  3. mmason0071 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Jack Z better do something to get in some quality outfielders. Signing Cano and then putting out a minor league OF trio of Saunders, Ackley and Almonte would be the most incompetent GM move since… well, since last years Mariner’s outfield.

  4. jbarton92 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    The Yankees should consider moving Soriano back to 2nd. I know that he’s old and hasn’t played the position for years but you could potentially have a 2nd baseman with 30 homers and 100 rbi. It would also free up the DH to be a rotation spot for Jeter, McCann, Teix, Beltran & Soriano.

  5. fearthehoody - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Cano = Lip stick, Mariners = the pig

  6. cackalackyank - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I was just thinking that the NYY need ANOTHER infielder that can’t hit .250. Oh…wait…no I wasn’t.

  7. ptfu - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    The Padres do have quite a few average-ish outfielders who should be available. Kyle Blanks and Jesus Guzman are comparable to Michael Saunders and would be inexpensive. Chris Denorfia, Will Venable, and Seth Smith would cost a bit more but hardly out of reach. Any of those guys would improve the Mariners’ outfield, even if only on a platoon basis. (Deliberately leaving out Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin as I doubt the Padres want to move them at this point.)

    Regarding Ackley…ehh, doesn’t seem like much upside there. Maybe if he comes cheap enough then okay.

  8. jdillydawg - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Ackley and Franklin will do great at any other ball club. The Mariners have a way of sucking the life out of any ball player. Watch Zunino. He’ll start to suck pretty soon too.

    The sad thing is, this is my team. And yet, this is what 10 years of misery and mismanagement have led me to. Oh well, at least their profitable and getting good seats at the game is never a problem.

    There’s always an upside.

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