Mariners Finally Sack Bavasi. Who's Next?

Struggling team could also lose CEO, manager, pseudo-ace
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 9:14 AM CDT
Seattle Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard reacts after giving up a two-run double to New York Yankees' Robinson Cano during the fourth inning in Major League Baseball action Friday, May 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – It's about time the Seattle Mariners fired Bill Bavasi, the general manager whose ill-advised trades contributed to the team's position in baseball's cellar this year, writes Ken Rosenthal for Fox Sports. But simply jettisoning the guy who got the least possible return out of a $117 million payroll won't be enough to turn this sinking ship around.

CEO Howard Lincoln should go, too, but he's too well favored by the ownership. Manager John McLaren could be on the axe list, and Rosenthal would love to see pitcher Erik Bedard, the ace for whom Bavasi traded so much talent, leave the organization as well. But ultimately, shedding the GM was a necessary and obvious first step, though long overdue.