- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN Insider
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The Seattle Mariners are locking in on Eric Wedge as their next manager, sources told ESPN The Magazine.
Wedge impressed in his interview, and the Mariners have started indicating to multiple other candidates they are going in a different direction.
The Mariners had been looking for an experienced manager throughout their process. Wedge would become the team's sixth manager since the beginning of the 2007 season.
Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians from 2003-09 with a .495 winning percentage.
He had the Indians within one game of the World Series in 2007 before falling to the eventual champion Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. The Indians finished with 90-plus wins in two of the seven seasons Wedge managed the club.
The Mariners relieved manager Don Wakamatsu of his duties, along with pitching coach Rick Adair, bench coach Ty Van Burkleo and performance coach Steve Hecht, on Aug. 9 amid one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Mariners were 42-70 in Wakamatsu's second season with the club when general manager Jack Zduriencik said he had lost faith in his coaching staff and decided the team needed to go in a different direction.
Daren Brown became the interim manager as the team continued its slide from a preseason favorite to win the American League West to the AL cellar.
Wedge becomes responsible for revitalizing the Mariners and an offense that scored 513 runs, the fewest runs in franchise history for a non-strike shortened season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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