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Yankees land reliever Kelley from Mariners

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The Yankees added some pitching depth on Wednesday, acquiring reliever Shawn Kelley from the Mariners in exchange for Minor League outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Seattle had designated the 28-year-old Kelley for assignment last week, after the right-hander went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 15 walks in 44 1/3 innings last season. Kelley also threw 20 relief innings for Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 0.90 ERA.

He split each of the last four seasons between the Majors and Minors, making 120 big league appearances. The former 13th-round Draft pick has a 10-9 career record with a 3.52 ERA and averages of 8.6 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings.

The Yankees signed Almonte out of the Dominican Republic in 2005. The 23-year-old has posted a .263/.340/.388 batting line in seven Minor League seasons, spending most of 2012 at Double-A Trenton.

To clear space for Kelley on the 40-man roster, New York placed third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list. Rodriguez is recovering from hip surgery.

Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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