By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Seattle Mariners have signed Dustin Ackley to a minor league contract on Wednesday. He spent the last two seasons in the minor leagues in the Los Angeles Angels organization.
According to the Associated Press, the deal is not announced yet. Ackley was the team’s second overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.
The 30-year-old Winston-Salem, North Carolina native spent four-plus seasons with the Mariners before a July 30th, 2015 trade. He was acquired by the Yankees for Ramón Flores and José Ramírez.
With the Mariners, he appeared in 584 games. He had a .243 batting average with 42 home runs and 201 RBIs in 2,012 at-bats. He also had 91 doubles, 16 triples on 488 hits and scored 249 runs.
Following the trade to the Yankees, he had a .288 batting average with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 52 at-bats over 23 games. He also had three doubles and two triples on 15 hits and six runs.
During the 2016 season, Ackley had a .148 batting average with four RBIs in 70 games. He also had six runs and nine hits.
After the season, he was released by the Yankees. He then signed as a free agent with the Angels on February 4th, 2017.
Ackley would have to prove to Jerry Dipoto and the front office that he has what it takes to be a Major Leaguer once again.
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