Ackley to make signing official Monday

Ackley to make signing official Monday

SEATTLE -- A little more than a week after agreeing to a five-year, $7.5 million Major League contract with the Mariners, Dustin Ackley makes the deal official on Monday when he puts his signature on the contract.

Ackley, the second overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, will travel with his family to Seattle on Sunday and be introduced to the team, public and media during a two-day visit to what promises to be his future Major League home.

"He'll work out with the team on Monday, meet with [the media] and spend a couple of days here before going down to Arizona to get ready for the Instructional League and then the Arizona Fall League," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Tuesday.

Ackley has been at his North Carolina home the past week, letting the dust settle from the contract negotiations that were finalized about 15 minutes before the Aug. 17 signing deadline.

"We thought about what would be best and decided to let the dust settle before sending him to Arizona," Zduriencik said. "He was out on the West Coast when we agreed [on the contract] and I think the best logic was for him to go home, take some time off and come up here.

"He'll sign the contract here [on Monday], but everything is agreed upon. We'll have the official signing here, but technically, he's already in the computer."

The highest-drafted Mariners player in the past 16 years -- since Alex Rodriguez was first overall pick in 1993 First-Year Player Draft -- will take his first swings at Safeco Field prior to Monday night's game against the Angels.

"That will be interesting to see," Zduriencik said. "I think everyone is anxious to see him."

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.