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Dustin Ackley traded to the Yankees for Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez

The Number 2 overall draft pick in 2009 is on his way to New York in exchange for OF Ramon Flores and RP Jose Ramirez.

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The Mariners have been spectacularly quiet approaching the trade deadline this year. Even by their famously tight-lipped standards there has been hardly a peep regarding any Seattle player, even as all of baseball seemingly swapped starts and hundreds of millions of dollars in commitments by the hour. Late last night, we finally got a whisper:

Twitter was, as it perpetually is, awash in response, primarily calling Jack crazy for not taking something, anything for Dustin Ackley.

Now today it appears the Yankees "caved":

There's no way to dress this up: That Dustin Ackley's career as a Mariner ended with him being traded for one fringe 4th OF and a relief pitcher with a horrendous walk rate and iffy health history is a real shame. Ackley was the first jewel of the Jack Zduriencik drafting and player development machine back in 2009, the number 2 overall draft pick with a hit tool that purportedly kept his floor insanely high.

In 2011 Ackley's call up was a huge deal for the franchise. He singled in his first at bat and spent 376 PA that year as a revelation; posting a wRC+ of 117, better than advertised defense, and a whopping 3.0 fWAR in his first season in the major leagues. For many at the time, in the halcyon days of #6org,  Ackley's first career home run was a thrilling moment that portended a bright, limitless future:

Of course, it never got better for Ackley in Seattle. That 2011 fWAR of 3.0 is within spitting distance of his cumulative total of 2012-2015: 4.1. Under Jack Zduriencik Dustin Ackley was the first, but not last, great hope for better days. He also proved to be the first, but very much not last, grand disappointment.

We'll have more on the trade and where Flores and Ramirez fit soon. For now, the Seattle Mariners have made a trade, and Dustin Ackley is a New York Yankee.