Eric Wedge Will Not Return in 2014


Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge (right) stands in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge will not return for the 2014 season according to a report on CBS Sports. The news comes just days after the team announced that general manager Jack Zduriencik will return next year.

According to some reports, Wedge was unhappy with the way the organization was dangling him out there, not deciding what his future would be. So on Friday, Wedge informed the club that he will manage these last three games and then take his leave from the club. He is not under contract after this season.

"“I accept Eric’s decision not to return and thank him for his hard work here the past three years. I want to wish him and his family all the best in the future.”  – Jack Zduriencik”"

In three seasons in Seattle, Wedge led the Mariners to records of 67-95, 75-87 and 70-89 (with three games to go).

Zduriencik had indicated earlier in the week that he would make a managerial decision once the season is over. It’s unclear who will be on Jack’s list but we can speculate.

Ron Gardenhire– He’s been the manager of the Twins since 2002. But the team has been heading in the wrong direction for some time now and it may be time for a change. The Cubs will be interested in his services as well.

Joe Girardi– The Yankees’ skipper is a free agent after this season. He will more than likely get a new contract but the door could be open.

Charlie Manuel– The only manager fired in the 2013 season. Manuel had been manager of the Phillies since 2005 and won the World Series in 2008. If he’s up to the task physically, he may be near the top of the list.

Ned Yost– More than likely, the Royals will lock him up. But if there is any chance at all, Jack needs to strike fast. Yost is the guy on the top of my list.