His fielding numbers have been much more bad than good, so I watched some videos and read more about him including posts from Baltimore blogs. The line in one I saw that eventually summed it up for me was "there's no room for a utility player that can't play defense". Keep in mind that's an Orioles fan. It doesn't look like he's played good defense anywhere in the last 2 years;
I like Gearin just fine. Ackley, I wrote some in the Slack chat earlier about:
Looking again I really like Ackley to possibly hang around a few years at least as a bench vet. He's a good and smart baserunner (although we remember some incidents) who won't steal many bases but could get on at 9th maybe. If he looks like at least a quality AB off the bench in the spring I like the idea of him sticking around.
In 222 PA in PCL vs RHP he had 28BB/23K of .298/.387/.403/.791 last year.
9BB/10K Vs LHP .235/.339/.373 makes him seem useful for lineups with so many lefties...