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The latest Mariners managerial rumor comes from Japan

The Mariners managerial search hasn't gotten serious yet and already there's a new rumor to talk about – and in only begins with Bobby Valentine.

GM Jack Zduriencik hasn't interviewed anyone yet, although he may start this weekend, but the Valentine rumor is an intriguing one.

The theory behind it?

If Zduriencik doesn't have a clear-cut first choice to manage the team, he could get some persuasion from Japanese ownership on Valentine, who has managed in Japan for years.

The Japanese media has run the idea out there, and Mariners ownership has, on occasion, invoked the privledge that comes with saving a franchise. The signing of catcher Kenji Johjima to an extension – and the decree that Ichiro can't be traded – are examples.

Would Japanese ownership make a demand on who to hire as a manager? It never has before, but it could be a story worth watching in the next few weeks.