Tag: Seattle Mariners

Ben Revere

The Blue Jays pick up Ben Revere from the Phillies


Another trade involving the Blue Jays who, along with David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins, seem to be remaking their entire team on the fly:

No word on the return yet.

Revere, who is hitting .298/.334/.374, will likely take over in left field for Toronto and could be their new leadoff man.

UPDATE: The return:

Blue Jays get reliever Mark Lowe from Mariners

Mark Lowe Mariners

Another move for Toronto, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays have acquired reliever Mark Lowe from the Mariners for multiple minor leaguers.

Lowe has bounced around a lot over the years in large part because he’s been injured a lot, but when healthy he’s always had very good raw stuff and strong results. He’s having a career-year this season at age 32, logging 36 innings with a 1.00 ERA and 47/11 K/BB ratio after signing with the Mariners as a minor-league free agent.

He joins the Blue Jays’ bullpen in a setup role, along with the recently acquired LaTroy Hawkins.

Yankees acquire Dustin Ackley from Mariners

Dustin Ackley

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Mariners have traded outfielder/second baseman Dustin Ackley to the Yankees in exchange for minor leaguers Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez.

Ackley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft behind Stephen Strasburg and reached the majors in 2011 with a lot of prospect hype, but he simply hasn’t hit. His career batting average is just .243 and mediocre power and plate discipline add up to a poor .672 OPS.

Ackley brings some defensive versatility to the table, but he hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2011 and as a left-handed hitter hasn’t even done especially well versus right-handed pitching. At age 27 the Yankees clearly think he has some untapped potential, possibly as an alternative to Stephen Drew at second base.

Neither minor leaguer headed to Seattle is considered a top prospect, but Flores is a 23-year-old corner outfielder hitting fairly well at Triple-A and Ramirez is a 25-year-old Triple-A right-hander with the potential to be a useful reliever.