The Mariners Wednesday acquired outfielder Abraham Almonte from the New York Yankees in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Shawn Kelley. Almonte, 23, spent last season primarily with Double-A Trenton in the Yankees organization and hit .276 (88×319) with 47 runs scored, 17 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 25 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 78 games.
The 5-foot-9, 205-pound switch hitter was named an Eastern League mid-season All-Star and ranked fifth in his league in stolen bases (30-for-35). He also appeared in seven games with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Yankees.
In seven minor league seasons in the Yankees organization, the native of the Dominican Republic had 276 stolen bases and hit .263 (574×2183) in 573 games. He was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent July 2, 2005.
The Mariners designed Kelley, 28, for assignment Feb. 7 when they signed free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach. Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA (16 ER, 44.1 IP) in 47 relief appearances last season. Over parts of four major league seasons, the Louisville native has a 3.52 ERA in 120 relief appearances. He was selected in the 13th round of the 2007 June draft out of Austin Peay University.