Cactus League Countdown: Seattle Mariners
FEB 20, 11:46a ET | Kevin Zimmerman
Rotowire: Feb 27 / 11:09a ET
News: Ackley looks like he's headed for a platoon in left field with Rickie Weeks, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Lloyd McClendon didn't call it a platoon, but that's how he described it. "I think the combination of both of those guys out there should produce a left fielder where you have a combination of 20-25 home runs and 100-plus RBIs," McClendon said. "Now, you've got something." A platoon was an obvious option when the Mariners signed Weeks to play outfield, but McClendon's description makes it seem likely to happen. Ackley slugged .442 with 13 homers against RHP last year vs. .298 and one homer against LHP.
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 1:40p ET
News: Ackley agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration.
Impact: Ackley will make an extra $50,000 if he can reach 500 plate appearances on the season, a number he barely surpassed in 2014 (502). He finished with a .245/.293/.398 line, 14 home runs and 65 RBI in the campaign and figures to head into 2015 as the team's starting left fielder.
StatsLLC: Jan 16 / 12:00a ET
News: The Mariners have agreed to a one-year deal with Ackley.
Impact: Ackley hit .245 with 65 RBis in 2014.