SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Mariners have traded outfielder Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees for touted prospects Jose Ramirez and Ramon Flores.
Ackley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft after being rated as one of the top bats to come out of college and was rated the No. 10 prospect in 2010 and No. 12 prospect in 2011 for his standout minor league play by Baseball America. Play that never really translated for the Mariners on the field.
Seattle gets some value back for their investment in Ackley, the right-hander Ramirez and outfielder Flores have both had a cup of coffee in the big leagues this season with New York and are two solid prospects from the Yankees farm system.
Flores ranks as the Yanks No. 28-ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com and earned 33 plate appearances in his first MLB stint. Ramirez has a mid-90s fastball and has shown power to strike out MLB bats in his short call-ups with 10 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched over the past two seasons. Both were playing for New York's Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will report to the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners' Triple-A club.
Jesus Montero was recalled from Tacoma to fill out the M's 25-man roster.
"It's crazy," Ackley said to MLB.com's Greg Johns moments after being told he was headed to the Yankees. "I guess you never know when this kind of thing is going to happen. It's kind of a big surprise, but I guess this is part of it. You see this all the time with guys. Things happen. I'm excited for what the future has to hold and it'll be fun."
Ackley leaves Seattle with a career .243 batting average, 42 home runs and 201 RBI in his four-plus seasons since breaking into the roster in 2011.
Flores is a career .272 hitter in seven minor league seasons with 43 homers and 260 RBI, more recently he is hitting .286 with 7 home runs and 34 RBI over 73 games in Triple-A this season.
Ramirez spent most of his minor league career as a starter before being converted to a relief role over the past couple of seasons. He has a career 3.60 ERA in the minors with a 1.46 ERA in relief in 2014 and 2.90 ERA in 2015 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ramirez has posted a 7.62 ERA in his 13 MLB innings pitched for the Yankees in 2014-15.
"Flores played against us early in the year," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said to MLB.com. "He's impressive in the outfield and does a lot of things. Ramirez is a big arm, throws 97-99. This is always tough when you trade a player you consider yours. But you have to manage an organization with the ability to try to win games now, but also an eye on the future. This helps with the future a little bit."