Mariners Acquire Ramon Flores & Jose Ramirez from Yankees
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced the club has acquired outfielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Dustin Ackley.
- Ramon Flores, OF, acquired from New York (AL)
- Jose Ramirez, RHP, acquired from New York (AL)
- Dustin Ackley, OF, traded to New York (AL)
Flores, 23, has spent most of the season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He is batting .286 (79×276) with 43 runs scored, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 73 games. The left-handed hitter is also batting .333 (24×72) with runners in scoring position and currently ranks 5th in the International League with a .377 on-base percentage. He made his Major League debut May 30 vs. the Athletics, and appeared in 12 games with the Yankees (.219/7×32, 3 R, 2B).
In 7 minor league seasons the Venezuelan native is a .272 hitter (676×2483) with 129 doubles, 29 triples, 43 home runs and 260 RBI. He has played all three outfield positions during his career, but has played the bulk of his games in left field (396 G). Flories was listed as the Yankees No. 27 prospect heading into the season by Baseball America.
Ramirez, 25, is 3-0 with 10 saves and a 2.90 ERA (16 ER, 49.2 IP) in 32 relief appearances with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has recorded 56 strikeouts for 10.15 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, 3rd-best amongst International League relief pitchers. Ramirez also saw action in 3 Major League games with the Yankees this season (0-0, 15.00 ERA) and made 8 appearances in his debut season in 2014 (0-2, 5.40).
In 8 minor league seasons the Dominican Republic native has combined to go 32-32 with 12 saves and a 3.60 ERA (222 ER, 555.2 IP) in 146 appearances (96 starts). A starter most of his professional career, Ramirez made the move to the bullpen in 2014. He is listed by Baseball America as the Yankees No. 26 prospect.
Ackley, 27, is hitting .215 (40×186) with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 19 RBI in 85 games this season. In 5 seasons with the Mariners (2011-2015) he combined to bat .243 (488×2012). Ackley was originally selected by the Mariners second overall in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of the University of North Carolina.