FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, New York Yankees' Dustin Ackley watches his fly ball in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York. THe Yankees have released utilityman Ackley and announced that injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has been
Kathy Kmonicek, File
November 18, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have released utilityman Dustin Ackley and announced that injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has been designated for assignment.

New York also traded left-hander James Pazos to the Seattle Mariners for minor league right-hander Zack Littell on Friday.

Right-hander Nick Rumbelow and lefty Joe Mantiply were designated for assignment. Right-hander Branden Pinder was sent outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Ackley, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 amateur draft, batted .148 with no homers and four RBIs in 28 games last season. He tore the labrum in his right shoulder May 29 while diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt and needed season-ending surgery.

Eovaldi was expected to lose his roster spot because the right-hander will be sidelined next year as he recovers from major elbow surgery and can become a free agent following the 2017 season anyway.

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