Dustin Ackley Signs

Dave · August 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

As first reported by Jonathan Mayo, the Mariners have signed first round pick Dustin Ackley to a major league contract worth up to $9.5 million over five years (Added details from Jim Callis: $6 million signing bonus, $1.5 million in guaranteed salaries, $2.5 million in possible salaries depending on when he reaches the major leagues. The M’s got the deal done with the #2 pick in the draft just a few minutes before the deadline, which was expected when he was selected. This is just how Scott Boras operates – he knows that kids who sign at the last minute get more money than kids who sign early, so he just doesn’t even bother negotiating until the eleventh hour.

Ackley immediately becomes the Mariners best prospect, and he’s the kind of player who won’t need that much time in the minor leagues. He can fall out of bed and hit .300, so his development time will be focused on his defense in center field and the transition to hitting for power with a wood bat. I’d expect him to start next year at Double-A West Tennessee, and he could easily move up to Tacoma at some point.

Barring injury or some kind of unforeseen problem, Ackley’s going to come to spring training in 2011 looking for a job with the Mariners. He’s a legitimate All-Star talent, and you should expect to see him playing for the M’s in about 18 months or so.

This is a good day. Welcome the organization, Dustin.

Edit: For anyone worried about the fact that the deal is “only” for five years, this doesn’t change the amount of club controlled years the M’s have him for at all. Essentially, the M’s have pre-paid for Ackley’s first five seasons, buying out all of his pre-arb years and up to two years of arbitration, though more likely just one year of arbitration (assuming he spends 2010 in the minors). This is pretty standard stuff for premium draft picks. The M’s still control his rights for six full years. It’s a big contract, but it was still worth doing. He’s worth it.


58 Responses to “Dustin Ackley Signs”

  1. gwangung on August 17th, 2009 10:24 pm

    Yeah, I think the Mariners would LOOOOVE to have problems like that.

  2. jordan on August 17th, 2009 10:43 pm

    If we prep Ackley for CF (the hardest OF spot) it will be really easy for him to make a transition to a corner OF spot. To make him a CF is a very smart move. Makes all the OF positions a possibily for him in the majors.

  3. Alex on August 17th, 2009 11:27 pm

    Its a lot of money, but not nearly as much as Ackley is worth to the club over 6 years.

    If Ackley can play Center then that means he can play GOOD left field.

  4. Adam B. on August 17th, 2009 11:32 pm

    Uhh, having multiple options at a premium position is not a problem people.

    You people have heard of trades before, right?

  5. hub on August 18th, 2009 2:53 am

    I sure wouldn’t mind having 3 CFs and 3 SSs. Thats a fabulous ‘problem’ to have.

  6. dchappelle on August 18th, 2009 6:14 am

    I just hope Ackley is as good as advertised. Clement was a stud college hitter too (less average, a lot more power, nearly as good obp 472 vs 505).

  7. joser on August 18th, 2009 7:37 am

    I just hope Ackley is as good as advertised. Clement was a stud college hitter too (less average, a lot more power, nearly as good obp 472 vs 505).

    And Clement continues to be a stud hitter in AAA; there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t be a stud hitter in the majors if he’d been given enough time to hit there. Unfortunately his knees kept him from catching and the presence of a fan favorite LH bat in the DH spot (even if that bat was mostly secondary to tickling skills) meant there was no opportunity for that.

  8. currcoug on August 19th, 2009 1:03 pm

    As I related in the past weeks, we have Ichiro, Guiterrez, Saunders, Halman, and now Ackley as OF’s. However, we also have Ezequiel Carrera, who has been impressive (.884 OPS, 52 BB’s/51 SO’s, 22 SB’s). Right now, he is hot as a pistol (.995 OPS for August). Carrera is a plus CF, bats left, is a fine leadoff hitter, but lacks power.

    Ackley’s college coach has stated that he would have no problem at 2B. However, what to do with Triunfel, move him to third base? What if Tui beats the odds and becomes a success there?

    It is a nice problem to have.

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