Seattle Mariners Sign Veteran Utilityman; Making Comeback After Retiring In 2019

The Seattle Mariners have signed 34-year-old outfielder Ty Kelly to a minor league contract, according to an announcement from the Long Island Ducks.

Kelly had retired from professional baseball in 2019 but is making a comeback attempt after sitting out the 2020 season.

Despite not appearing in any MLB games since 2018, Kelly has continued his career as a journeyman and most recently played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic earlier this month.

Kelly has played parts of eight seasons at the Triple-A level, with a career slash line of .268/.368/.382. In 2022, he played in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization at both Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa.

With experience playing all around the diamond, Kelly has drawn the attention of the Mariners. He has taken 188 plate appearances in the Major Leagues and slashed .203/.288/.323.

As he joins the Mariners, Kelly is expected to start the minor league season with Triple-A Tacoma.

It's been a pretty crazy journey back for the veteran, but it's really a testament to his work ethic and resilience. Photo Credit:  Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports