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Fontaine out, Pelekoudas & Engle in and Mariners GM hires two

Sat down for the first time today with new general manager Jack Zduriencik, and learned he's been a busy man.

In less than a full week on the job, Zduriencik's fired scouting director Bob Fontaine and hired two men he worked with in Milwaukee, Tony Blengino and Tom McNamara.

And two long-time Mariners executives, assistant GM Lee Pelekoudas and director of international operations Bob Engle have agreed to stay on.

"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."

To read a bit more of the details and see what Fontaine had to say about his dismissal, check the online story here.