Long before the days of negotiations with Jay-Z and $200 million deals with Robinson Cano, the Seattle Mariners had their second baseman of the future in top prospect Dustin Ackley.
Things have not clicked for Ackley just yet, making him the subject of trade rumors earlier this off-season. The Mariners ended up hanging onto Ackley, and now their plan is to move him to left field. He did play 59 games in the outfield last season, though most of that action was in center field.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes the following about the Mariners’ plan:
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday that Ackley is being looked at as a left fielder despite playing 50 of his 59 outfield games in center in 2013. Asked why left and not center for Ackley, McClendon replied, ‘Because that’s where I want him.’
Ackley’s arm strength, or lack thereof, is a likely factor. McClendon said he’d like Corey Hart, coming back from two knee surgeries, to be in right field. Hart has looked...