ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have signed first baseman Dustin Ackley to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.
The Angels announced the deal Saturday. Ackley was released by the New York Yankees in November.
Ackley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft by AL West rival Seattle. He spent parts of five seasons with the Mariners before they traded him to New York in July 2015.
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Ackley was frequently injured in New York. He batted .148 last year before incurring a season-ending shoulder injury May 29, tearing his labrum while diving back to the bag as a baserunner.
The Angels have a dearth of left-handed hitters, and Ackley can play the corner outfield positions and second base in addition to first.