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LINKAGE: Zduriencik edition, Mariners' international signings, Lou looking for a lefty bat

Yep, we're still coming live to you from Havre, MT (above) where the wind never stops blowing. Obviously, I'd love to be at the World Series, but I guess this is a close second.

Ok, let's to get the links from yesterday's announcement of Jack Zduriencik becoming the new general manager of your Seattle Mariners.

Here's my story from today's paper.

Here's Kirby Arnold's story from the Everett Herald.

Columnist Dave Boling asks a relevant question, "If Zduriencik is so good, why would he choose the Mariners?"

Art Thiel's column was a reminder that Bill Bavasi came along with much of the same hype.

The local blogs have some good stuff. The USS Mariner has plenty of information and analysis, including a look at Zduriencik's resume and some thoughts from a Brewers blogger.

Here's a good break down of Zduriencik's draft history by Seth Kolloen.

Out in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt has this story with a few brief comments from Zduriencik and Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who are waiting to comment more on Friday.

Brewers MLB writer Adam McCalvy has this story, including some player reaction.

The Wisconsin State Journal also has this story on the hiring.

Other Mariners stuff ...

Baseball America breaks down the international signings by teams in the AL West. Here's what they had to say about Seattle.

Seattle Mariners

Six-figure signings: OF Julio Morban, Dominican Republic, 16; RHP Francisco Valdivia, Nicaragua, 16; 3B Jose Martinez, Dominican Republic, 16; RHP Junior Nunez, Dominican Republic, 16

Top Bonus: Morban, $1.1 million

Summary: The Mariners are a perennial big spender in Latin America and didn't shy away from spending big money on players this year. The best player of the Mariners' class is Dominican outfielder Julio Morban, who has an advanced bat with a good swing and a good feel for hitting. While the 5-foot-11 Morban lacks the raw tools of fellow Latin American outfielders Rafael Rodriguez and Yorman Rodriguez, scouts say Morban is a better bet to at least reach the big leagues because of his ability to handle the bat.

Valdivia has a low-90s fastball and was the best prospect available this year from Nicaragua. He has a projectable 6-foot-3 frame and complements his fastball with a slider. Nunez, a physical 6-foot-3, 210-pound righthander, was invited to the team's fall instructional league.

The organization also inked Dominican third baseman Bertin Sanon for $180,000 in March and Dominican third baseman Oliver Garcia for a slightly lower bonus in November. Sanon, now 19, batted .211/.336/.316 in 42 DSL games. Garcia, 18, batted .178/.315/.260 in 73 at-bats in the league.'s Jim Street has this update on Mike Morse's progress in recovering from shoulder surgery.

Elsewhere ...

Obviously the World Series is going on, and I might add some more relevant links if I find any. My thoughts? Cole Hamels is good. Ryan Howard can't get a hit with a runner on base and the Rays will still make this a seven game series. Oh, and the Backstreet Boys rendition of the national anthem made me want to take ice picks and jam them in my ears so I wouldn't have to listen to another second of it.

Philly columnist Bill Conlin has this column on Pat Gillick, who's been getting much media love in past weeks.

Also Cubs manager Lou Piniella wants a left-handed bat. Obviously, Raul Ibanez meets that criteria quite well. His name is mentioned in the story.