Yankees Acquire RHP Shawn Kelley

Just in case you missed the news last night, the Yankees made a move! From the MLB Trade Rumors site:

The Yankees have acquired right-hander Shawn Kelley from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte, according to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune (onTwitter).  The Mariners designated Kelley for assignment on Thursday to make roster space for Kelly Shoppach.

Kelley, 28, appeared in 47 games for the Mariners in 2012, posting a 3.25 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, and a 28.8% ground ball rate in 44 1/3 innings.  The right-hander will earn $930K in 2013.

Meanwhile, Almonte will give the M's some much needed minor league depth at the centerfielder position and can also play the corners.  The 23-year-old spent last season in Double-A, hitting .276/.350/.392 in 78 games.

Reactions to this move from various bloggers, writers and the like, see it as a positive for the Yankees: an extra bullpen arm is always good to have and Almonte will have more of a chance to earn playing time for Seattle than he would with the Yankees.