Make No Mistake: The Dustin Ackley Siging Is a Good Thing

Zachary BalvanzContributor IAugust 18, 2009

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 21:  First baseman Dustin Ackley #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo homer in the second inning to the give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead over the Rice Owls in Game 13 of the NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 21, 2007 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Seattle Mariners organization, Mr. Dustin Ackley.

Regardless of what you might have been hearing prior to last night's signing of Ackley about how the M's might be better off not signing him, this is an extremely, extremely, extremely (get it?) good thing.

Listen up, skeptics!

I know Seattle probably gave the North Carolina star more than he's worth, but then again, what can you do about it when Scott Boras won't even negotiate until the 11th hour and you have to sign the guy?

For the kind of job general manager Jack Zduriencik did with Seattle's draftees, who can blame him for slightly overpaying for a guy, especially when he was all but forced to do it?

I can't wait for the Ackley era to begin. As with all draft picks, it will be interesting to see if he can stay healthy and consistent and arrive in the big leagues on scheduleprobably sometime late next seasonor if he'll cop out and never amount to much.

Regardless of what happens, though, don't you dare say the Mariners might have been better off not to sign him.