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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik “is running out of time”

Apr 26, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Jack Zduriencik AP

With the Mariners off to another bad start and seemingly headed for their fourth straight losing season Ken Rosenthal of writes that general manager Jack Zduriencik “is running out of time.”

In talking to Rosenthal the GM stressed that patience is required because so much of his effort has involved building up the farm system and those prospects aren’t all ready yet. And he’s right, because the Mariners do have a bunch of high-upside young players nearly ready for the majors, but several supposedly high-upside players who were acquired by Zduriencik have been flops in the majors.

Since hiring Zduriencik as GM in October of 2008 the Mariners are 297-375 (.442), he’s already fired a manager and shaken up the front office, and various attempts at landing a high-profile free agent have failed. It might be that manager Eric Wedge gets fired before Zduriencik, because that’s how things tend to go, but right now the entire organization looks headed for a reboot this offseason.

  1. schuch10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I believe he added a lot of young talent for the Brewers. I would have no problem giving him a couple more years. He has two young pitchers who could give Seattle the best 1-2-3 punch in the West and if some of the younger bats start to produce, like Seager has, the sky is the limit.

    • okobojicat - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      They have 4 really young pitchers who could be awesome. However, 50% of all top pitching prospects fizzle out.

      He’s acquired lots of talent (Smook, Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez, the prospects back in the Fister trade) and its all gone the wrong way. I thought most of his acquisitions were good moves. However, not a single one of them has worked out. It sucks for him, but its still true. Montero has not hit like everyone thought he would. Zunino is tearing up AAA, but when will he make it. Nick Franklin is tearing up AAA, but will he ever make it in the show?

      He keeps amassing prospects other teams want, but they don’t perform in Seattle. Kind of weird.

      • Uncle Charlie - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        I thought it was 48%

  2. uyf1950 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    As the poster Reflex has pointed out here on more then 1 occasion the Mariners are building a competitive team around Felix Hernandez before his contract expires. I’m not sure that it was really his intention to mean when Felix’s contract expires in 2019.

  3. onbucky96 - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Good, come back to Milwaukee.

  4. seattlenative57 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    We’re 25 games into this season fergawdsake! If it weren’t for bad luck, M’s would have no luck at all. The rotation and bullpen will be fine. I’ll take King Felix, Kuma and Maurer over most other 3 SP’s. Injuries have shelved ERam, Pryor and Condor. They all should return soon. Another year or less seasoning for Zunino, Hultzen and Walker will only help. Also, Franklin, Miller and Romero are knocking at the door. This season was set up to contend in 2014. That plan is still in play. Each season is long, too long to pull the plug in April.

    Wedge and GMZ have at least this year to prove themselves. Short of improving upon last seasons 75 wins probably gets them fired, nothing less. Nothing more.

  5. rwsh - May 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Jack is not the issue. Until the current absentee ownership group sells to a well spirited baseball owner/fan/leader, the Mariners will struggle.

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