Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge informed general manager Jack Zduriencik he will not be returning next season.
Zduriencik said the club wanted Wedge to return and he was prepared to ask the skipper to return, but Wedge had other plans.
“Eric’s job was not in danger,” Zduriencik said. “This was his decision. I was looking forward to having Eric back.”
Wedge declined a one-year contract extension last offseason since he felt it wasn’t a good situation with a rebuilding club.
“I didn’t feel like that was a proper endorsement for a young, rebuilding team moving forward. I didn’t feel like that sends the right message to the players, first and foremost, and then ultimately the fans, too,” said Wedge.
“I just think that, you talk about building, you’ve got to have a long-term view of it.”
No subsequent offer had been put on the table.
Zduriencik said if there was a difference of opinion it was limited to the length of contract being offered and that he felt the two were good friends and worked well together on baseball decisions.
Wedge, 45, missed 27 games after suffering a minor stroke earlier this season.
He he says he feels better than ever and that his best days as a manager still are ahead, just with another organnization, it appears.
Wedge will finish out the final three games of his three-year contract this weekend. He has a 212-271 record in Seattle and a career mark of 773-844 after spending seven years with the Indians from 2003-09.