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Ack Attack returns? Mariners signing Dustin Ackley to minor league deal, pending physical

Seattle Mariners’ Dustin Ackley tosses his bat after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners’ Dustin Ackley tosses his bat after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) AP

The first time Dustin Ackley wore a Seattle Mariners uniform during a game, he was playing second base in his major league debut in 2011.

The last time Ackley was in a Mariners uniform, he was in left field in 2015 a day before he was traded to the Yankees for two prospects who would combine to appear in five games for the Mariners.

The 30-year-old might get another chance with his former club.

Ackley signed a minor league deal to return to his first club on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The Mariners had not officially announced the move, but it was reported to include an invite to big-league spring training. The move is pending a physical.

Ackley gives the Mariners some needed depth at Triple-A Tacoma, which is his likely landing spot if he makes it through spring trianing.

Where has he been?

He spent the past two seasons with Triple-A Salt Lake of the Los Angeles Angels. Over 72 games last year Ackley hit .286/.378/.398 with four home runs and 39 RBI. He split time between first and second base as well as left field.

Ackley hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since 2016 with the Yankees, when he hit .148 (9-for-61) over 28 games before dislocating his shoulder and eventually needing surgery.

During his four and a half seasons with the Mariners, Ackley hit .243/.306/.366.

The Ack Attack never lived up to the expectations after he rocketed through the Mariners’ minor leagues after raking at the University of North Carolina. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, making the majors in under two years but never reaching the all-star level many predicted of him.

Pitchers and catchers report to Mariners spring training on Feb. 11, with position players reporting on Feb. 15.

TJ Cotterill is the Seattle Mariners and MLB writer for The News Tribune. He started covering MLB full-time in 2018, but before that covered Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and spent seven years writing about high schools, including four as TNT’s prep sports coordinator. Born and raised in Washington.


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