It’s unclear whether the Seattle Mariners have any intentions of trading second baseman Dustin Ackley. However, that isn’t preventing the San Diego Padres, along with two other teams, from inquiring about the 25-year-old.
Ackley has a .245 batting average, .315 on-base percentage and .354 slugging percentage in 1,324 career at-bats. Also, he doesn’t bring a lot of power to the plate and isn’t a big run producer. Obviously, the numbers are not ideal, which makes one wonder why there is so much interest in the three-year player.
What many people may not realize is that Ackley is a very talented defensive player. Along with that, he is capable of suiting up in the infield as well as the outfield. That means teams can use him multiple different ways, which just adds to the intrigue.
One of the biggest reasons teams are interested in Ackley is the fact that he’s still a young guy. He has plenty of time to improve his offensive game, which will happen considering the potential he showed in college. There’s a tremendous amount of upside that have teams willing to take a chance.
It’s interesting that the Padres have made contact with the Mariners since they have Jedd Gyorko at second base. Gyorko showed a lot of power in his rookie season, which means there’s no reason to replace him. That means San Diego would prefer to have Ackley suit up elsewhere away from his natural position. If anything else, it appears the Padres want to provide some depth at multiple positions.