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Mariners trade Shawn Kelley to the Yankees for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte

The Mariners have traded right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley to the New York Yankees for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.

After designating Kelley for assignment to make room for Kelly Shoppach, the Mariners had 10 days to either trade, release or outright him.

Kelley, who has value as a reliever, wasn't going to clear waivers, so instead of losing him without a return, the Mariners picked up Almonte to add to their organizational depth.

Almonte, 23, played 78 games for Double A Trenton, hitting .276 with 17 doubles, four triples, four homers and 25 RBI with 30 stolen bases. He posted a .350 on-base percentage and a .392 slugging percentage.  He has stolen more than 30 bases five different times in his career. Almonte isn't really considered a prospect, but more of an organizational player that can provide depth at the Double A and Triple A level.