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Mariners extend general manager Jack Zduriencik’s contract

Aug 26, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

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Not so long ago Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik was on the hot seat–and rightfully so, after four consecutive losing seasons–but then he broke the bank for Robinson Cano this offseason and now the Mariners are 71-59.

Today the team announced a multi-year contract extension for Zduriencik, whose current deal was set to expire after this season. No specifics have been given yet on how long the new contract runs.

Zduriencik’s list of faults was a long one heading into this season and building a 90-win team after posting a .442 winning percentage in his first five years on the job hardly erases all of that, but it’s certainly not surprising that the Mariners would keep him around after deciding to retain him for this season in the first place.

  1. allidoiswin55 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    We wanted to run this man out of town give him one more year see of they are competitive next year then if so extend otherwise fire this monkey midway throd uh the next season if they aren’t good !

    One good reason an all is forgotten hell no we want at least two before we believe in this dud!

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      My brain hurts after reading that. Punctuation is your friend.

    • Caught Looking - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Is this post an example of what happens when pot gets legalized?

  2. nsauser - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I though ol Jack was considered a fool by his peers and the fan base in Seattle. Good thing management saw fit to give him an ext. What’s next, a lifetime contract for Fredi Gonzalez?

    • realgone2 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      dont even joke about that

  3. fabiani1233 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Robinson Cano, Chris Young and Fernando Rodney have been good signings so far. Corey Hart and Logan Morrison have been the bad ones.

    Players acquired through trade this season, Kendrys Morales, Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, have all been disappointments so far.

    Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero, two top prospects traded for, have been busts.

    I have no idea how the Mariners have scored enough runs to be in the position they are in, especially when they’ve had to play the A’s and Angels a lot. They remind me a lot of the 2009 Giants, who had very good pitching, including a Cy Young award winner at the top of the rotation. The offense wasn’t good, aside from a couple of bats. Yet, they managed to win 88 games in a division that included the NL’s best team in the Dodgers and the NL wild card winner in the Rockies. The Giants missed the playoffs that year because there was no 2nd wild card.

  4. phillysports1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Cano saved his Gig.

  5. andreweac - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Great news for fans of the As, Angels, Astros and Rangers.

  6. argofckyourself - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Lol, what a bunch of idiots over there in Seattle. I wonder if they’ll still love him when Cano is batting .260 in his final years of that contract.

  7. DJ MC - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I’m glad the Mariners’ ownership did this. I was worried that there would be too much competition for the playoffs in the AL over the next few years, especially with Houston rising and Tampa, Boston and Texas bouncing back. Now, though, there will be one fewer team to concern myself with.

  8. beastmode5150 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I often wonder if some of you even know what day it is. It takes a lot of time to develop talent…

  9. 7ftgriff - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    if people knew what was coming in the next year from the Seattle Farm they’d understand this better.

    Taijuan Walker wasn’t ready this year due to some injuries and control issues, but he will be a dominant big league starter.

    the answer to their 1st base problems is coming in the form of DJ Peterson (remember the name).

    all Z has to do is resign Kuma and get a power hitting corner outfielder and the future looks awesome.

  10. berseliusx - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I guess building the sixth best org in baseball is worthy of an extension

  11. thisdamnbox - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Wonder what “multi-year” means. We might understand “2” but anything more than that is more Mariners brass stupidity. 95% of Z’s trades have been utter crap (the Fister trade with Detroit should be up there in the “worst ever” range.). Most of his position player draft choices have been inconsistent at best when promoted from AAA. If it wasn’t for his rotation and pen they’d be back in the cellar. Seattle is renown for knee-jerk reactions. This might be another…

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