SI.com first reported Friday that the Mariners have selected Wedge to be their manager after their second 101-loss season in three years. Other media outlets had similar reports late Friday.
Wedge becomes the team's sixth manager since the beginning of the 2007 season.
Wedge had the Indians within one win of the World Series in 2007 before falling to the eventual champion Boston Red Sox in seven games. The Indians finished with 90-plus wins in two of the seven seasons Wedge managed the club. He earned manager of the year honors in 2007.
The Mariners relieved manager Don Wakamatsu of his duties, along with pitching coach Rick Adair, bench coach Ty Van Burkleo and performance coach Steve Hecht, on Aug. 9 amid one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
Feds have witnesses
Federal prosecutors have submitted the lineup of witnesses they intend to call during the much-delayed Barry Bonds perjury trial, and it includes Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi and Bonds' former personal trainer at the center of the case.
Bonds has pleaded not guilty to lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied knowingly taking steroids. The former Giants star's trial is scheduled to start March 21 in San Francisco.
The trial was delayed for two years while prosecutors unsuccessfully appealed a judge's order. It barred them from showing the jury urine tests showing steroid use that they said belonged to Bonds - along with other evidence collected by Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson - unless the trainer testified.