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Yankees tried to acquire Dustin Ackley from Mariners

Aug 4, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Last week the Yankees made several moves before the trade deadline, but George King of the New York Post says one move they wanted to make but couldn’t pull off was acquiring Dustin Ackley from the Mariners.

According to King the Mariners asked for minor leaguer Bryan Mitchell in return for Ackley, but the Yankees weren’t willing to deal the 23-year-old right-hander and instead moved on to acquiring Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks.

Ackley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he’s now 26 years old and has hit just .248 with a .674 OPS in 456 games as a big leaguer. That includes hitting .258 with six homers and a .693 OPS in 100 games this year as the Mariners’ primary left fielder. He also has experience at second base and center field, so he’d have fit what they were looking for in terms of defensive versatility, but it’s easy to see why New York balked at giving up much for Ackley.

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  1. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    The .248 Ackley is hitting is very misleading. As of late he’s been one of the better hitters in the league, posting a .365 BA in July w/ an .892 OPS. Mariners were smart to keep him.

    • pete2112 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      I’m just glad the Yankees held onto a pitching prospect for once.

      • geoknows - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Yeah, it’s too bad they traded away Adam Warren, David Phelps, Chase Whitley, Ivan Nova, David Robertson…oh wait…

    • jeffbbf - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      something tells me that the .247/.312/.360 stat line Ackley has put up over 1838 plate appearances is much more indicative of his value than the 90 plate appearances in July.

      • monupai - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Fyi is 1656… I do get your point but where did you get that stat line

      • jamers74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Prado is the better pick up. Solid all around.

    • dan1111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      It’s nice that Ackley hit well for a month, and hopefully he has turned a corner. However, his overall stats are more likely to represent his true ability. I don’t think using them is misleading.

      • illbarry - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        With Ackley there is a lot to consider. He has changed positions multiple times and was not originally a second basemen, but the Mariners moved him there in the minors to bring him up. He hit well his first year and started well his second and then went into a sophomore slump and lost his confidence enough they had to send him down. He played centerfield last year, but did not have the speed or the arm. This year they moved him again to left. So he has had to make more adjustments then most and develop at the Major league level. In college he played center and first base, and Seagar now the M’s third basemen played second. The Mariner saw a lot of Seagar because they were scouting Ackley and signed him in the 3rd round.

    • pete2112 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      I didn’t say they trade all of their prospects. I’m just glad that they’re thinking more about the future with regard to some of these late season trades. They’ve ravaged the farm system for a number of years without a lot to show for it, so they better start to develop this talent and see where it goes.

    • tuucamaron - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Mariners were smart not to trade him?I just read this article like 20 seconds ago I I remember that it says that the 27 time world champions new York Yankees didn’t want to send 23 years old P Bryan Mitchell

    • jfk69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      The truth be told. Seattle insisted that the Yankees also take back Montero. A real deal breaker.

  2. chip56 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Certainly something to re-visit this winter.

  3. jackvcr - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Ackley is mediocre at best. He’s had hot streaks before and always settles back into the .245 range. He wasn’t hitting his weight earlier in the season. But he does have the stupidest/ugliest beard in the league. Maybe if he concentrated more on his hitting than that bush growth on his face…..

  4. jbriggs81 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    If it wasn’t for the state of their pitching rotation right now, I bet they would trade away Mitchell for Ackley. Mitchell isn’t going to be a front line starter or anything. Best case is that he’s probably a back end of the rotation pitcher and worst case is that he winds up in the bullpen. He’s really nothing special and has command issues. Ackley isn’t a prize or anything but he has played in MLB, and I bet the Yankees (and maybe even other teams) still think that he can reach what everyone thought his potential was several years ago.

  5. tuucamaron - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make

    • illbarry - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Absolutely. Most mid-season trades end up biting the team trying to make a move just for that season. The Mariners have in the past been horrible at this and given up way too much. Adam Jones had not hit well and even played all that good of defense in the majors, but if I am not mistaken it was his first time on a big league ball club. Jason Veratec (sp)though was still in the minors and Dan Wilson was an All Star so he was not going to get to play for a few years.

  6. fearthehoody - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Simple, Ackley stinks.

    -Mariners fans

  7. lincolncityore - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    If he got traded he would of had to get rid of that awful beard!

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