Mariners manager Eric Wedge treated the Mariners as if he were a 2012-13 free agent rejecting them. Wedge declined to stay on for another year in favor of unemployment. So he will leave at year's end at his own behest.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Mariners writers they were prepared to offer to extend Wedge to bring him back for the '14 season but Wedge opted instead for his own free agency an unusual call to say the least.

But maybe the Mariners are getting used to rejection. Justin Upton who presciently included Seattle on a very short six-team no-trade list rejected a trade to Seattle last winter that would have sent top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker away.

Josh Hamilton rejected an offer said to be for about $90-plus million over four years before landing with the division rival Angels. Other free agents seemed less than eager to come as well.

The year before everyone expected them to be a major player for Prince Fielder who was drafted by Zduriencik for Milwaukee. But it appeared he never really had interest.

Some might say Seattle is fortunate that those first two potential acquisitions fell through especially the Hamilton one but that is not the point. It's that Seattle -- a beautiful place that's a great baseball town -- somehow finds itself in dregs territory among Major League teams now.

The Mariners have lost more games than anyne but the Astros over the last four years. Their attendance sank to 28th in baseball last year a decade after it had celebrated its third straight year with the best attendance in the game.

If players aren't anxious to join the Mariners it's no wonder.

Some of the rejection by hitters may be tied to a ballpark that has been unforgiving for offensive players especially before the fences were moved in before this season. But it's pretty clear at the moment that Seattle is far from the most desirable spot to major-league personnel.

The Mariners have posted losing seasons four years in a row and had an all-time bad offense in a few of those seasons. The one thing Seattle's done well in recent years is draft but that hasn't led to much winning at the major-league level.