A strange story came out yesterday (hat tip to the Times) as Carlos Peguero’s wife, Maria, was charged with wire fraud after charging $180,000 of merchandise from Sak’s Fifth Avenue to the debit card of Sandra Hernandez, the wife of Felix Hernandez.
Carlos Peguero told officers he had no knowledge of the situation.
Obviously, you could make lots of jokes about this. But Peguero’s wife is facing serious charges. The Mariners are choosing not to comment, which is logical.
As for Peguero, his future with the Mariners was murky before any of this news broke.
He hit .260 with 19 homers and 83 RBI in 118 games the Rainiers this season. But at 26, he’s shown no signs of improving his approach at the plate and capitalizing on his tremendous power. He is officially out of Triple A options so if he were not able to make the team out of spring training, the Mariners would have to designate him for assignment. With the need for 40-man roster space, Peguero could be DFA’d before that.
Another story that came out yesterday was Jon Heyman’s piece looking into the seemingly sudden decision by Eric Wedge to leave the organization. Heyman talked to both Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik but neither said much different from what they said at the end of the season. Wedge isn’t likely to divulge details as he continues to look for future employment. Meanwhile, Zduriencik, who is searching for a manager, isn’t going to get in the details of any sort of rift.
Heyman talked to a lot of “Mariners people” for the background of what happened.
CEO Howard Lincoln did say in our sitdown interview that Wedge demanded a decision made on his future before the season was over with. And was disappointed when the Mariners asked him to wait. Wedge has maintained that contract wasn’t an issue. Sources have said that Zduriencik was looking for changes to the Wedge’s coaching staff, something Zduriencik later denied. Wedge also hinted that he didn’t have quite the autonomy he had hoped in the day to day workings of the team. There is a lot of innuendo that is not being discussed.
From what I can tell and have learned, there isn’t just one incident that led Wedge to the decision. The refusal to announce an extension before the season was over with may have been the final issue that pushed him over the top. There seems to have been a building dissent before that.
Elsewhere …. Dave Martinez, the bench coach for the Rays, interviewed for the vacant Cubs opening. The Mariners are also interested in Martinez, who has worked alongside Tampa manager Joe Maddon since 2007.