September 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM
Sources: Jack Zduriencik back as GM of Mariners in 2014
Multiple sources confirmed today that general manager Jack Zduriencik will return to his post for the 2014 season. Zduriencik declined comment when asked this afternoon, but multiple team sources indicated he will be back next year.
As of today, manager Eric Wedge still does not have a contract for 2014.
Zduriencik has been the subject of intense speculation since late last month, when it was revealed that last year, he was quietly given a one-year contract extension through the 2014 campaign. The Mariners have declined comment on it throughout this losing month, fueling speculation that Zdurinecik might not be retained.
But that is apparently not the case and the Mariners plan to keep Zduirencik, albeit on a short-term leash.
One source said the team feels it best to give Zduriencik the additional year to prove that his plan can work. Wedge thus far has not been extended the same option.
Wedge’s coaching staff is all under contract for next year, with the exception of the manager. In baseball, manager’s typically try to acquire additional contract protection for the coaches under them. For managers, it is often the GM who tries to garner that protection for them.
Complicating Wedge’s future is the fact that he suffered a stroke in late-July that sidelined him from the team for a month. If the Mariners did decide to retain Wedge — and sources indicated today that no offer had been made as of yet — it would be to match the short-term length of Zduriencik’s deal and that of his coaching staff.