The New York Yankees have acquired outfielder and former second-overall pick in 2009, Dustin Ackley, reports Jack Curry of YESNetwork.com. Ackley has been on the trading block and the Yankees needed a second baseman, the position that Ackley originally played, as Stephen Drew has struggled for them this year. Ackley isn’t doing much better himself, slashing .215/.270/.366 with six home runs and 19 RBIs while accumulating a -1.1 WAR. The Yankees have to hope that a change of scenery and move to a hitter-friendly park will help this former top hitting prospect.
The Yankees will send outfielder Ramon Flores and reliever Jose Ramirez to the Mariners. Flores, 23, is the Yankees 27th-rated prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The Venezuelan got his first taste of big league action this year, hitting .219/.219/.250 in 33 plate appearances. He figures to be at least a decent-hitting fourth outfielder and has had a successful minor league career, hitting .272/.360/.400 with some gap power.
Ramirez is a 25-year-old who has pitched in 11 Major League games, accumulating just 13 innings. He wasn’t successful in those 13 innings, having a FIP of 6.50 and ERA of 7.62 while striking out 12 batters and walking 11. He was a former starter converted to reliever in 2014, and he took to that role nicely in 41 minor league games. He had a 2.61 ERA in those games striking out 72 hitters. He relies on a 96 MPH fastball, along with using a change and slider, both around 87 MPH, according to Brooks Baseball’s Pitch F/X data. If he can gain some more command, the Dominican pitcher figures to have a good career out of the pen.
This deal is really a low buy, with upside for the Yankees. Ackley has been horrible, but he always had some potential and might benefit from leaving Seattle. The Mariners were getting negative production from Ackley and grabbed two guys who could help them in small ways very soon.