Seattle Mariners trade rumors now suggest that the New York Yankees are interested in Dustin Ackley. These Seattle Mariners trade rumors were furthered on Tuesday morning (Dec. 17), when Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on the discussions. The loss of Robinson Cano to free agency has left the Yankees scrambling when it comes to infield options for the 2014 MLB season.
What has not been made clear is what the Yankees would be willing to offer in exchange for Ackley. He could slide right into the starting second base slot for the team and give the team a nice improvement on defense. What the team would have to do, though, is convince the Mariners to part with the second overall selection of the 2009 amateur draft.
Ackley has had struggles at the plate over his three seasons with the team, posting a .245 batting average and .315 on-base-percentage. He did have a very nice improvement during the second half of the 2013 season, though, showing that he might have figured things out at the plate. In the second half he played in 53 games, posting a .304 batting average, .374 on-base-percentage, and improved defense in the outfield.
These Seattle Mariners trade rumors might not go very far if it turns out that the New York Yankees are trying to extend a low ball offer. While the acquisition of two corner outfielders this offseason could make Dustin Ackley available in a deal, the team will not want to give him up for anything that won't help the major league roster right away.
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