Yankees acquire RP Kelley from Seattle

Seattle Mariners pitcher Shawn Kelley reacts after loading the bases against the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 8-7. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The Yankees made a minor trade on Wednesday, picking up right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley from the Mariners for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Kelley has been in the Mariners’ bullpen for each of the last four seasons. He’s 10-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 120 career appearances. Last year, he appeared in 47 games, striking out 45, walking 15 and allowing 43 hits in 44.1 innings.

With Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and Clay Rapada already set in the bullpen, the Yankees have a pretty strong set of relievers. Kelley will give them another right-handed option.

Almonte has been in the Yankees’ system since 2006, playing at the Double-A level in 2012. He hit .276 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 78 games last year. He has played the majority of his games in center field.

Do you see the Yankees making any other roster moves between now and opening day? Do they need another catcher? How do you see the 25-man roster shaking out in the Bronx? Let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.



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