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The Seattle Mariners Dustin Ackley Watch Continues

Ackley Still With The Club But Not Playing Much

The Seattle Mariners are playing their best baseball of 2015 so far.  They suddenly find themselves back at the .500 level in terms of their record, the bats are all heating up, and the pitching staff, with a few changes, looks to be returning to their dominate form of 2014.

The only possible exception to all that was written above might be Dustin Ackley.  The beleaguered M’s left fielder, is not playing with as much frequency as he did early in the season.  He’s only started one game in the Mariners’ last seven.

Ackley’s personal numbers aren’t improving either.  His average, at .183, is only one point higher than his season low back at the beginning of May. 

I thought for certain that the M’s GM, Jack Zduriencik, would send Ackley packing once Austin Jackson was recalled from the disabled list.  I got that one wrong because Jackson came back this week and the M’s shipped Danny Farquhar to Tacoma instead.

Enough, Move on M's. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Enough, Move on M’s. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

I understand the need to send Farquhar down.  He had been struggling too this year but this move leaves the M’s with just six guys in their bullpen and five guys on the bench, one of them being Ackley who isn’t getting played.

To say this is perplexing is an understatement.  What is the sentimentality that Ackley has at this point, Jack?  Are you working on a trade that ships Ackley out and it’s just not finalized yet?  Get rid of this guy already.

I’m really, really sick of watching this Ackley hit, even when he only gets to do it on the rarest of occasions.  This is a complete waste of a spot on the M’s 25 man roster right now.  I can think of several moves that could be made just be slapping the initials DFA on Ackley right now.  I say DFA because I find it highly improbable that any MLB GM thinks Ackley has any value right now.

If you cut Ackley, you can recall Jesus Montero.  His numbers in AAA (.306/.341/.468) on top of everything he has done to transform himself physically back into a baseball player certainly warrants a second chance.   Defensively, all Montero has to do is DH.  Nelson Cruz has been far better in right field than anyone could have dreamed and Brad Miller, Seth Smith, and Justin Ruggiano can all play left.

If you think you really need another outfielder to replace Ackley give Franklin Gutierrez call.  He’s healthy and playing again after an early season injury and hitting .326.  I still think calling up a reliever is a smarter choice however.

The M’s are finally on a roll, winning 11 of their last 17 games.  Isn’t it time to get rid of the last bit of dead weight anchoring the M’s down?  I really don’t see the reason for the hesitation at this point.

Ackley has had five years to get this right.  It didn’t work out.  High draft picks don’t work out all the time in baseball.  It’s time to move on.

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