Mariners executives, coaches meet in Dallas

Mariners executives, coaches meet in Dallas

ARLINGTON -- The Mariners' top executives gathered in Dallas on Friday for a full day of season-end organizational meetings.

General manager Jack Zduriencik and his staff -- including newly hired special assistants Pete Vuckovich and Joe McIlvaine -- met with manager Eric Wedge and his coaching staff for much of the day before heading to Rangers Ballpark for the series opener with Texas.

Pedro Grifol, director of Minor League operations, and scouting director Tom McNamara also were on hand to update the group on their areas of the club.

"Every year at the end of the season it's good to bring guys in and have sessions with the big league staff and front office and have the opportunity to discuss the ballclub and talk about the future," Zduriencik said. "It was a good session to get everybody on the same page."

The meetings were particularly important for recent additions Vuckovich and McIlvaine, both hired in the past two weeks.

"I think it was good for them to come in and spend time with the [coaching] staff," Zduriencik said, "because they're going to be doing a lot of Major League work and that's the primary reason we met, to talk about the big league club, the future and our needs. They want to create relationships where they can feel free to talk to people and get a feel for the organization."