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Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

Jack Zduriencik AP

According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension.

The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s higher-ups clearly have confidence that he’s leading the youth-heavy club in the right direction.

Zduriencik — or “Jack Z” if you’re not big on spelling things out — began his professional baseball career back in 1973 as a player with the White Sox’s affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. He never made it to the major leagues and eventually moved into an off-field role, serving as an area scout for the Mets from 1983-1989.

Zduriencik bounced around in the 90s before latching on as the Brewers’ director of scouting near the end of the decade. That gig led to a front office job with Milwaukee in 2006, and in October 2008 the Mariners made him their general manager and executive vice president of baseball operations. Now he’ll remain in that role for another several seasons, and will look to bring winning baseball back to the Great Northwest.

Zduriencik has misfired on some deals, namely the Chone Figgins free-agent signing, but he has a knack for scouting and player evaluation, and would seem to be the right fit going forward for the rebuilding M’s.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I like the young rookies that have been called up this season, especially Carp and Ackley. Pineda has had a fine rookie year. The team is moving in the right direction.

    • shawnuel - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      I agree pc, and there is so much more in the farm system than there was just 3 years ago. Paxton, Hultzen, Walker, Pryor, Littlewood, Catricala, Franklin………all from the last few drafts, all high probability contributors at the MLB level. And Bob Engel continues to sign gems like Jose Campos, Felipe Burin, Guillermo Pimental, Phillips Castillo and Esteilon Peguero…..Figure in trades that brought in Martinez, Wells, Robinson, Chang, Furbush and Ruffin and it is plain to see that Zduriencik is the right guy for this job.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Zduriencik looks like Gorbachev in that photo. Who airbrushed out the map of Blefuscu on top of his head?

    • FC - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      So this is what baseball’s version of Perestroika looks like…

  3. robertterwilliger - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    just don’t let him sign free agents and i think they’ll be in better shape in a few years.

  4. FC - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    If he’s in charge of the commercials that alone would merit an extension.

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