BY SPNW Staff 05:28PM 02/13/2013

Mariners Acquire OF Almonte From Yankees

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.


  • jafabian

    Not quite sure about this unless Jack Z. feels that Almonte can develop into a leadoff hitter and develop soon. Kelly has been a good piece for the bullpen and IMO the M’s have quite a bit of OF’s right now. Enough to where they got rid of Trayvon Robinson. Jury is out on this one.

  • C’mon, this is an organizational move. The M’s are short of outfielders from AA to AAA. If the M’s starting outfield was wiped out for a week by a mysterious virus they’d have to depend on Raoul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and a fan named Moe to play. This gives them someone to add to their depth chart. That’s what you typically trade your eighth best reliever for. You were expecting Curtis Granderson?

  • RadioGuy

    Exactly, Kevin. Almonte is roster fodder for Tacoma. Besides his speed, he has little to offer Seattle. At best, he’s sort of a present-day Charles Gipson.