The Mariners announced their decision on Tuesday. McClendon becomes the third manager hired by general manager Jack Zduriencik. McClendon will be formally introduced by the team later this week.
McClendon replaces Eric Wedge who walked away at the end of the season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with the Mariners’ rebuilding process. Wedge’s contract expired after the season.
• Investigators have determined that a fire that damaged the Bellevue, Wash., home of pitcher Felix Hernandez started in the laundry room.
Lt. Richard Burke said the cause of the Monday afternoon fire remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $250,000.
Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., at the time. His agent, Wil Polidor, says their two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law.
YANKEES: Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year. That leaves New York with about $80 million to spend on the rest of its roster if the team wants to get under the 2014 luxury tax threshold.
Jeter and New York agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year contract. Major League Baseball determined its value for purposes of the luxury tax is $12.81 million.
Baseball’s luxury tax uses the average annual values of contracts as defined by the sport’s collective bargaining agreement. Determining Jeter’s payroll figure for the tax is complicated by the option and the new salary. New York might contest his 2014 evaluation.
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has said getting under the $189 million tax threshold for 2014 is a hope but is not essential.
RED SOX: The champions are saying thank you to fans – of their World Series opponents.
Boston took out a full-page ad in Tuesday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Under a large photo of two boys – one in Cardinals clothing, the other in a Red Sox jersey and cap – the heading reads, “From one great baseball town to another.”
The ad lauds the “warm Midwestern welcome” extended to the Red Sox and Boston fans. It reads, “Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that’s great about baseball.”
The ad is signed by Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino.
RANGERS: Catcher Geovany Soto agreed to a $3.05 million, one-year contract, a raise of $300,000.
ANGELS: Manager Mike Scioscia announced the hiring of Gary DiSarcina as the team’s third base coach.