Many figured the Yankees would either designate or trade Stephen Drew, Garrett Jones or Brendan Ryan to make room for Dustin Ackley. And many would have put their bet on Drew, but if there’s one thing the Yankees are good at, it’s providing the shock factor. And providing the shock factor they did.
The Yankees announced they have designated outfielder Garrett Jones for assignment in order to add Ackley to the roster. The Yankees also announced Chris Capuano cleared wavers and has reported to Scranton and Slade Heathcott has reported to Scranton after coming off the disabled list.
The Yankees traded for Jones last offseason as a backup to Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira and as a left handed option off the bench. He struggled defensively all season and hit just .215/.257/.361 in 57 games so it isn’t surprising to see him cut loose.
Ackley’s numbers aren’t much better, he’s hit just .215/.270/.366 in 85 games this year, but he’s stronger defensively than Jones was and can play more positions. It seems likely the Yankees will try to use Ackley as Ben Zobrist type who will play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield.