For the length of the 2013 Major League Baseball season the Seattle Mariners had to put up with rumors about their manager Eric Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik possibly not returning. What we did not know at the time was that Zduriencik apparently had been extended one season a little while ago. He did prove good on his rumored intention to not allow Eric Wedge to return however which means he has to find himself a good new manager. Well, he has to find one with the funds that the owners are willing to give him for it and that is not very much.
The general feeling around MLB has been that Zduriencik is on a little bit of a short leash himself. Even with the extension, the owners are clearly showing that he does not have long to prove he going to turn this team into a winner. The names that have come out so far are Chip Hale, Ron Wotus and Pete Mackanin. Chances are you have never heard of any of those guys unless you are a fan of the team they are coaches for.
For Zduriencik the message should be clear because everyone knows a new GM will want to hire his own new manager when the owners hire one. I would be shocked if Zduriencik has more than two seasons to work this out. That would be why he has a few grand or so to throw at an inexperienced manager to run the team. That doesn’t mean that they will not be successful but just know that there was no way the Mariners were ever in the running for Joe Girardi. A big name guy won’t come along until the long named GM is gone.