With Wedge going to Seattle, the race for the Pirates' manager position is wide open.

According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Seattle Mariners have settled on Eric Wedge as their next manager.  Wedge was seen as the favorite for the Pittsburgh Pirates open spot, and with him off the market, the race seems wide open.

Currently the Pirates have interviewed seven candidates, including Wedge.  The other candidates are:

Jeff Banister - Interim Pirates bench coach.

Ken Macha - Former Brewers manager.

Dale Sveum - Current Brewers hitting coach.

Carlos Tosca - Former Marlins and new Braves bench coach.

John Gibbons - Current Royals bench coach, former Blue Jays manager.

Bo Porter - Bench coach for Arizona in 2010.

The Pirates have also been linked to John ...

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