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In Wedge’s case, one of the hold-ups, according to sources, has been the stroke he suffered in late July and his monthlong absence from the dugout. The Mariners were apparently leaning toward moving forward with both Zduriencik and Wedge on one-year deals but the medical setback has caused considerable debate within the organization as to whether that’s wise.
If Wedge is not retained, third-base coach Daren Brown would be a leading candidate to replace him. Brown is familiar with many of Seattle’s younger players, having already managed them for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.
Brown served as interim Mariners manager under Zduriencik in 2010 after the team fired Don Wakamatsu in August of that year. The ability of Brown and Zduriencik to work together would be key, while an internal managerial promotion might be easier for the Mariners than a league-wide search given the fact the GM doing the hiring has only a one-year deal.