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Candidate No. 4 - Don Wakamatsu - breakfasts in Seattle

You can't say the Mariners aren't moving this managerial search along - Oakland bench coach Don Wakamatsu's interview this morning was the team's fourth in three days.

And number five - Portland Beavers manager Randy Ready - will include dinner with general manager Jack Zduriencik tonight.

Wakamatsu asked and answered questions:

"This is club a lot of smart people picked to win 90 something games last year," he said. "Tampa went from rebuilding to almost winning a World Series. This is a young, athletic team. Maybe with some instruction, some prodding, this team could win in a hurry.

"I had questions: did we want to win now, is it a rebuilding year – a lot like the questions they had for me.

"It's important we're on the same page. Anybody can come in and say 'I want to win right away,' but you have to be realistic. There's work to be done this winter."

Wakamatsu would love to be part of it - Zduriencik already is.