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Mariners president won’t confirm reported extension for GM Jack Zduriencik

Aug 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik’s contract is up after this season, but Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that he’s agreed to a one-year extension. However, when asked about the report Mariners president Chuck Armstrong declined to comment.

Seattle went 85-77 in Zduriencik’s first season as GM in 2009, but since then the Mariners have gone 260-350 (.426) while finishing below .500 every year. This season they’re 57-67, which is a 75-87 pace that would equal last year’s record.

Also of note is that manager Eric Wedge’s contract ends after this season as well, so if ownership doesn’t plan to bring him back for 2014 that could explain why they’re holding off on the Zduriencik announcement.

  1. jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I think maybe Armstrong needs to go too. They are the nicest guys running that organization, but none of them have a clue how to win.

  2. Reflex - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I like what Jack has been doing and I expect it to pay dividends over the next few seasons as their farm system graduates several of the top prospects they have been developing. Nick Franklin and Brad Miller have both done well this year, and they still have a crop of young arms on the way.

    • jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      You know, I’ve been saying that since 2010. Guess I’m getting tired of waiting. They say you can buy a team and buy a pennant, but Seattle can’t even do that. They’ve dropped some pretty good cash on some pretty good players and some not so good players. The team just never comes together.

      Felix will slowly rot without run support. He’s awesome to watch, but he’s one guy playing every fifth game.

      That said, Franklin has been pretty sweet since being called up, and Seager’s a hustler. Ackley, on the other hand…Ackley? Ackley who?

      • Reflex - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Jack inherited one of the worst farm systems in the major leagues, from the consensus worst GM in the major leagues, and a bunch of bloated, poorly considered contracts. It takes time to turn a franchise around, and he is doing the job right. I’d rather have a team built to be competitive over the long haul than one that is occasionally competitive and often not. In other words, the model I’d like to see is the Braves of the 90’s, rather than the Phillies of the past few years.

  3. denny65 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Jack Z. has produced a bountiful crop of baseball-playing youngsters–think Zunino, Miller, Franklin, Seager– and that’s in addition to some of the better trades he’s made (let’s not mention the Figgins’ word, shall we?), but what have they done on the field?

    Wedge would have trouble producing a successful wet tee-shirt contest with a 350-gallon Super-Soaker in his hands. Putting a consistent wining lineup on the field seems to be beyond his talents.

    I hope the Mariners’ organization will let him retire and take care of his recent stroke condition.

  4. bluemoonking - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    You all are very funny. The trades have been awful. And the jury is still out on Zunino, Miller, Franklin and Seager. The Mariners used their first rounder on a third baseman. They have no real outfield prospects. Ackley is and has been a bust. Hultzen is hurt and may never be anything.
    The AAA team was gutted and left without any real prospects and this is what it took to be 9 games under .500?

    I could go on and on…

    Put an end to this disaster and start over.

  5. jaaxelson - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Seattle just isn’t the kind of town that produces a lot of winners. They even ran Don James off the field for god knows what.

    i like to visit that town but there’s something off about it. it’s always a little immature about who they are … very … “local”.

    • jdillydawg - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Don James? That guy is immortalized in Seattle. The Seattle Times probably runs an article weekly on the glory days of the ’91 Husky season. He left not because of Seattle but because of NCAA allegations and other crap.

      I will say that I think Seattle is a football town first, all other sports are an afterthought. They bleed Seahawk green (or whatever color that is) and Husky purple. And the Hawks look to be pretty solid this year.

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