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A few links worth reading: Real Housewives of the Mariners, Heyman on the managerial break-up

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:17 am with 11 Comments »
October 19, 2013 10:24 am

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.

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  1. “Mariners in the news in October”. Perfect.

  2. It’s being reported that the Cubs want Renteria, which would leave Martinez available for the M’s.
    I like the idea of Joe Maddons right hand man running our show. Whoever it will be the teams need to pull their finger out and get going finding somebody so they can start reshaping the team before some player opportunities are lost. Piddling around making lists is not making progress.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    Poor Quinault….I guess he is looking for a new Mariners DH for the 2014 season?

    Would love to see the Felix Hernandez v. Peguero matchup in spring training.

  4. Quinault says:

    We need a whole new outfield as well as a manager. With Morales turning down the qualified offer, we will also need a DH. I cannot wait until we fill spots. Using the past as a guide, I foresee promoting from within instead of buying respectability.

    And for the record, we have a whole new infield as well! Zunino, Franklin and Miller should progress unless they get shoved aside by someone else in the pipeline. Or they get hurt (we have seen that already.) Or there is a trade / free agent acquisition.

    I am fearful that GMZ picks up Guti’s option, as Jack brought him with him here and was his first trademark deal. With no manager to say no….. The front office strikes again!

    I still believe that Carlos Peguero will be the Mariner DH in 2014. Until they spend some money, this is what is in the pipeline.

    Speaking about spending some money. C’mon like $180K is anything to be even bothered about. Real world = prison. But we are talking sports world.

  5. Peguero had a less than stellar AAA season, and has never produced at the big league level, is out of options, and his wife just stole $180k from the face of the franchise…yeah, he’s gone.

  6. bigmike04 says:

    Carlos Peguero is good shot at being DFA soon, I hope, the guy has no talent.. Not fan friendly, strikes out too much, will end up being Wlad Balentien Verision 2.0 in japan with no sucess in majors, so carlos don’t let the door hit you when you get cut as mariners will be stupid enough to keep a player who stole from felix who is your franchise player..

    As for a manager it won’t be Top name seeing if Jack Z get fired than the new guy will bring in his guy to run the show.. This just 1 season of someone like Daren Brown ugh ugh ugh… If their job application for the job, I would applied seeing as I am better than Daren brown..

  7. Yes, Peguero is not a part of the future here Most here knew as much.

  8. I’m not really a fan of them counti9ng on Abe Almonte to start in 2014, but I’d rather that than Peguero.

  9. big Mike,
    No offense, but I don’t think you are a better manager than Daren Brown.

  10. Quinault says:

    If we are stilling living in the past, then the Mariner’s should look into bringing in Tito Martinez as their hitting coach. It seems it is all about PR these days.

    I think the unofficial Mariner catch phrase for the off season is: I can count. (:)) [Well that is supposed to be a smiley face.]

  11. bigmike04 says:

    None taken… I just don’t think Daren Brown is good coach at all… If Mariners choose him than nobody will be coming to the game to watch the team.. Would give the job to monkey at the zoo because atleast it would be interesting seeing what a monkey can do with his hand tied behind it back with Ownership being cheap as they can be by just pocketing the money & not putting it in the team… I am suprise fans are still going to the games.

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