Ending the speculation that's been swirling today, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman is reporting the Mariners have hired Eric Wedge as their manager. mariners have settled on eric wedge to be their next manager. story up soon on si.com.less than a minute ago via webJon HeymanSI_JonHeyman Wedge was the likely candidate after both Bobby Valentine and John Gibbons were told they were out of the running today, indicating the Mariners were close to a decision. The former Cleveland Indians manager reportedly wowed Mariners' general manager Jack Zduriencik in interviews this week and the Mariners acted fast to secure their man. Among the other candidates, Cecil Cooper, Lloyd McLendon and interim manager Darin Brown all reportedly interviewed this week.