Manny Acta is joining the Mariners as their new third-base coach.
The Mariners confirmed the move late Tuesday afternoon after reports surfaced Monday that such a deal was close. Hiring Acta adds an experienced big-league manager to the club’s field staff.
New manager Scott Servias has never been a full-time manager or coach at any level. The move leaves the Mariners with openings for a first-base coach and a bullpen coach.
"I believe Manny will be a great addition to our staff," Servais said. "I’ve known him for over 25 years, since we were teammates in 1989.
"His experience as a major-league third-base coach and manager, paired with his extensive player-development background, will be very valuable to me, and to our players, as we move forward."
Acta, 46, served as the manager in Washington for two-plus seasons from 2007-09 and in Cleveland from 2010-2012. He guided both clubs through rebuilding efforts and compiled a 372-518 record.
Prior to becoming the Nationals’ manager, Acta was a third-base coach for five years: 2002-04 with Montreal, and 2005-06 with the New York Mets.
Acta is currently in his third year as the general manager for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League. He has also served recently as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN Desportes.