According to ESPN, the Mariners are set to hire former Washington Nationals (2007-09) and Cleveland Indians (2010-12) manager Manny Acta as their third base coach. The 46-year-old Acta will become the third new member of new manager Scott Servais’s coaching staff, joining bench coach Tim Bogar and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
Hitting coach Edgar Martinez is the one holdover from Lloyd McClendon’s staff. First base/infield coach Chris Woodward last week declined an offer to return because he wants to be closer to his family in Florida.
Acta, who most recently served as an ESPN analyst, also managed in the Dominican Winter League, and managed the Dominican Republic at the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Acta was a coach with the Montreal Expos (2002-04) and New York Mets (2004-06).
Acta had his best year as a manager with Cleveland in 2011, when the Indians went 80-82.