I just saw the press release go up as I hit refresh.
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that Tony Blengino and Tom McNamara will be joining the Mariners Baseball Operations department. Zduriencik also announced that current baseball operations staff members Lee Pelekoudas and Bob Engle will remain with the club."The process of reorganizing the Mariners baseball operations staff is on-going," Zduriencik said, "and will probably take at least another three weeks. As a part of that process, I am excited to be able to add individuals the caliber of Tony and Tom to our staff, and pleased that Lee and Bob will continue with us. Exact titles for Tony and Tom will be determined once the structure of our department is finalized."
So, there we have it. Smart money is on one of McNamara or Blengino taking over Fontaine's old job.
The retention of Engle is a good sign. The Brewers don't have a strong history of international scouting and it looks as though Zduriencik acknowledges a need for it and wants to utilize the existing resources within the Mariners organization. Pelekoudas is part of the old guard, but he's handled administrative stuff in the organization for years and years and probable wouldn't be a bad resource to fall back on. As far as his involvement in player acquisition, I can't really say I know him for it, but maybe someone else can chime in.