Under what conditions should one consider trading outfielder Dustin Ackley?
This question arose recently, as rumors circulated that Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik turned down a seemingly reasonable offer to send Ackley to the New York Yankees in exchange for a pair of prospects.
Baffled as many fans were that anyone would refuse an offer to jettison the failed former No. 2 overall draft pick, we still find ourselves asking whether dealing Ackley makes sense or not.
Below is a hand-crafted flow chart that should help sort this mess out. (Please click on the image for full resolution.)