SEATTLE -- Unhappy with the lack of clarity on his future, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge popped off on Wednesday saying he feels like hes left "hanging out there" by the organization regarding his status for 2014. Terrence Jones Jersey Signed . Wedges comments were his first regarding his contract which expires after this season. He originally signed a three-year deal to become Seattles manager in 2010 and he indicated theres been no word given whether hell receive a new deal. "Its tough. I feel like Im hanging out there, thats the reality of it," Wedge said. "But Im coming here and doing my job. You know how passionate I am about this team, and these players in particular, and this organization. The unfortunate part about how its being handled is the effect it has on the players. Thats why were all here, is for the players." Seattle is about to conclude a fourth straight losing season and a step back from the incremental progress the Mariners showed between Year 1 and 2 with Wedge in charge. Wedges season was interrupted in July when he suffered a mild stroke and missed a month and the Mariners have stumbled down the stretch since he returned to manage the club in late August. The Mariners are 10-22 since Wedge returned on Aug. 23. "Im a strong man, and Im going to be fine either way. But Id like to see this thing through," Wedge said. "Weve done a lot of developing with a lot of young players over three years. Id like to be here to lead them and turn the corner." Wedges comments came a day after the team confirmed general manager Jack Zduriencik would return for 2014. Wedge said he believed some conversations regarding his future would take place between Wednesday and the end of the regular season on Sunday but was unsure. Wedge was brought in to replace Don Wakamatsu -- who was fired during the 2010 season -- because of the track record he built in Cleveland taking the Indians through a rebuilding process and nearly leading them to the World Series. But the rebuilding never seemed to end in Seattle with a constant influx of young prospects from the minors being called up and some veterans failing to meet expectations. Wedge is 211-271 in his three seasons as Seattles manager. Seattle went from 67 wins in 2011 to 75 last season, but wont match that total this year. "We havent taken a step back. Its just the fact we keep bringing up kids. Youre going to continue to make mistakes up here while youre learning," Wedge said. "The forward part of it is we have a lot of kids that are moving forward, and that should pay off for us. But youre going to have to still add to that. Thats just the way it works." Seattle was on the fringes of contention in July, winning eight straight games when Wedge fell ill. He was helped off the field during batting practice on July 22 and getting rushed to a nearby hospital. He was diagnosed with a mild stroke the next day and became a month-long recovery process that called for changes in his diet, exercise and dealing with the stress of his occupation. Robby Thompson filled in while Wedge was out and Seattle went 13-15 during the stretch. Wedge said using his health as the reason not to bring him back would be unfair. "My best managing days are ahead of me whether its here or somewhere else. I want to be here. I moved my family out here. Im committed to the community. Im all in," he said. "I havent done anything wrong except for come out here and coach up these kids and teach them how to play at the big league level. Thats what I do. I dont bitch about anything. Im here to help these kids become good solid big league players and hopefully solid citizens in Seattle. So if that is not enough for them, then so be it." Wayman Britt Jersey Signed . 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The White Sox also signed reliever Zach Duke and first baseman Adam LaRoche, and then bolstered their rotation by acquiring Samardzija in a trade with Oakland on Tuesday.I love what Rick Hahn has been doing this off-season, Robertson said on a conference call. I like the moves hes making with getting LaRoche and Zach Duke and the trade for Samardzija. I feel like hes building a good squad thats really going to be a competitor next year and Im hoping that we end up back in the playoffs.Robertson said he found out about the Samardzija deal when reporters heard the news.When our deal went down it was nice to hear that he was going to be there, too, he said. Hes a strong competitor, hes got a great arm and I like the way he approaches the game when he takes the mound.Robertson gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the agreement announced Wednesday. The right-hander was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saaves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees closer following Mariano Riveras retirement. Mark Price Jersey Signed. Ive had a wonderful time playing with the New York Yankees and I made some great friendships and relationships that will last years after baseball, and its been a great opportunity, Robertson said. But now Im looking forward to the next chapter.Robertson said he figured he probably would not be returning to New York after it reached a $36 million, four-year contract with lefty reliever Andrew Miller on Friday.I wasnt surprised. It is a business and the Yankees had to do what they had to do, he said. Obviously, when they signed Miller I kind of had a feeling they might not approach us as well as we would have liked.As part of the contract with Chicago, Robertson cannot be traded without his consent to the New York Mets, Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland or Philadelphia.David fills an immediate need in the back end of our bullpen, and we feel he will be an important piece to our pitching staff for the next four seasons, Hahn said.Robertson would get a $25,000 bonus is hes the starting pitcher in the All-Star game and $15,000 if hes selected for the game. He also would get $100,000 for World Series, $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $25,000 for a Gold Glove and $50,000 for making The Sporting News all-star team. He also would get $100,000 each for winning MVP or Cy Young, $90,000 for second, $80,000 for third, $70,000 for fourth and $60,000 for fifth. ' ' '
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Dec 05, 2019
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