Jun 8, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley (13) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Ackley Could Be Involved In Deal For Marlon Byrd

As the trade rumors continue to swirl around all of Major League baseball, all eyes are focusing on Seattle and what they will or won’t do in advance of the July 31st deadline.

The one that seems to be picking up the most steam right now is the one that involves Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd, to the Mariners.

Speculation has run rampant of late as to what the deal would entail or how big the deal could become. Now, with the Kansas City Royals thought to be involved in the chase for Byrd’s bat, if the Mariners are serious it could become a battle of who has the best prospects to offer.

According to one source in Philadelphia, the Phillies are serious about Marlon Byrd being moved and think it could happen in the next few days. One trade suggestion that was floated out on CBS Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia was Byrd and OF Domonic Brown to the Mariners for Dustin Ackley and two or three prospects.

The thinking behind this is that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr really wants Ackley and prospects and thinks that by throwing the struggling but promising Brown into the mix – he could benefit from a change of scenery – a deal could get done.

Brown was an All-Star in 2013 hitting .272 with 27 homers and 83 RBI but has struggled in 2014. His slash line of .227/.279/.329 would be the lowest since his partial, rookie season, if it stayed there for the season. He has been hitting better of late, raising his average 27 points since May 29th.

I suppose a deal like this would be okay for Seattle, depending on which prospects the Phillies want in return.

Mike Gibson of Rant Sports suggests the Phillies should ask for OF Austin Wilson. Wilson was the Mariners 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft out of Stanford. He is currently at Class-A Clinton where he is posting a slash of .298/.385/.523 with 11 homers and 52 RBI.

It’s unclear at this point if the Mariners would be willing to part with him, but it should be clear that the team would want to get rid of Ackley.

Ackley has appeared to have worn out his welcome with the fans and probably has with the organization as well. The 2009 first-round pick has done little offensively for the Mariners in his time here.

His career slash of .242/.310/.351 is deceiving, as it is bolstered by his rookie season (2011) where he batted .273 in 90 games and finished 6th in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

This season, he is batting .225 and has a WAR of 0.5, though most of that can be attributed to his solid defense. His oWAR this season is -0.5 and over the past two seasons is 0.6.

Perhaps Brown and Ackley could both use a change of scenery, perhaps they are both overrated. But a deal like this should hold value to the Mariners as they were more than likely looking to unload Ackley anyways.

Byrd is under contract through 2015 with an option for 2016. Brown is under club control until 2018 and is arbitration-eligible in 2015.

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  • GD

    YES PLEASE!!! Ackley can slip into 2B after utley is gone and was one of the top UZR 2B guys out there until Seattle landed Cano.

    Landing BOTH Byrd & Brown would setup our LF for an amazing RHB/LHB platoon between Byrd and Brown. A lot better Defense than ChiSox would offer Seattle for LF. Plus we have Jones in CF that will cover the extra steps to improve both Byrd and Browns UZR ratings.

    I don’t think we will have to give up much more than Ackley.

  • jay

    An Ackley for Brown straight swap makes sense. The prospect swap is really what we give up for Byrd. I think the Phillies would be happy with a package like Jabari Blash, excellent power potential, Lucas Luetge (major league ready) and a throw in player. This would be a solid trade for the Mariners if Brown works out. It solves the short term and long term in left.

  • GD

    Would LOVE the platoon splits in LF of the RHB of Byrd, and the LHB splits of Brown. WOW that would be a huge platoon power shift away from Ackley!!

    • Ian

      What the hell are you looking at? The guy’s been equally pitiful against rightys and leftys this season. It’d be one thing if he was rounding into an Adam Dunn type player… batting .220 but at least maintaining a 30-ish home run pace as Brown did last season (which is a misleading statement on my part seeing as Brown didn’t do squat power wise outside of his ridiculous 2-month binge). But he’s not, he hasn’t done well at anything and he’s barely on pace for double digit homers.

      I’ll take Byrd for the half season rental over Brown without the platoon, please and thank you. If it costs us the same to get Byrd alone as it does both of them, then why not I guess. But I say no thanks if it costs us any extra to net Brown.

      • JJ Allen Keller

        I agree, but to clarify, Byrd isn’t a half season rental.

  • ricefield

    Getting Byrd is like Raul last year. He is 36. Ackley ok, but prospects, NO.

  • lee cousins

    I could see a pitcher, and Ackley for Brown, and Byrd but no Austin Wilson if you please.

  • Ian

    God no to Brown. Not sure what “promise” is left in THAT… I suppose it’s possible if you think Ackley and Smoak are still “promising.”

    The guy has essentially been a COMPLETE bust through his entire 5-year major league career with the sole exception of two months.

    If it’s just Ackley we’re giving up, fine. Low risk, and likely low reward. But nothing more.

  • PatrickthePragmatist

    Ackley for Brown would be swap of guys needing change of scenery. The problem with that is that Ackley has been good (except for his arm) defensively this year and Brown is not good at all. The way Brown has performed this year he would not be much of a DH. Both guys have picked it up lately and maybe Brown is destined for a decent second half. Byrd would help the M’s, but they should not have to give up an Austin Wilson to get him. He will be 37 in August.

  • Cecil B Moore’s Mother

    I heard a report today on CBS Radio WIP that stated Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown, Matt Rhule, and Phil Snow for Ackley, Wilson, and two prospects…