The Yankees have requested release waivers on infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. He’s likely to clear and become a free agent, though he won’t technically do so until next week.
Ackley, 29 in February, was acquired by the Yankees in the summer of 2015 and hit well in small sample down the stretch that year. However, he hit just .148/.243/.148 in 70 plate appearances this year before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. He was projected to make $3.2MM in arbitration this offseason, and coming off another year of disappointing production and a major surgery, Ackley’s removal from the roster is hardly a surprise.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Ackley was considered the best college bat in his draft class that season and rated as one of the game’s top prospects before debuting in 2011. His first season in the Majors with the Mariners showed a great deal of promise, as he slashed a very strong .273/.348/.417 in 376 plate appearances while calling the pitcher-friendly Safeco Field home. However, Ackley’s offensive production unexpectedly cratered the following season, and he was never able to get back on track. He’s spent time as a second baseman, outfielder and first baseman in the Majors but has batted just .235/.296/.358 in nearly 2000 plate appearances since that impressive rookie campaign.