It looks as though general manager Jack Zduriencik will get to put that one-year contract extension to use next season.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Times reported that Zduriencik would be back next season. There had been some belief that the Mariners’ disappointing 2013 season would lead to the firing of Zduriencik.
However, president Chuck Armstrong told the Times that he Zduriencik would be back for the 2014 season.
Later Mariners officials confirmed what Armstrong had told the Times as being true – that Zduriencik would be back next season.
It’s a little surprising considering the Mariners struggles this season. The team is on pace to lose 90 games this season. It is the fourth straight season with Zduriencik as general manager. The only winning season came in his first year in 2009 when the team went 85-77.
On Aug. 20, the News Tribune reported that Zduriencik had received a one-year extension for the 2014 season during the offseason from the Mariners. Previously, it was believed that he was in the final year of a two-year extension.
As usual, the Mariners will not comment further on Zduriencik’s status citing organizational policy in not publicly discussing contract statuses.
Obviously, this isn’t a real answer to all the questions the fans have. It only leads to more questions.
1. What have you seen in the last five seasons that makes you believe that Zduriencik should continue?
2. If you gave Zdruriencik a one-year extension last off season so he wouldn’t have lame duck status for the upcoming season, does that mean you are extending Zduriencik for 2015?
3. If you are willing to have Zduriencik lead you next season, why not seasons to come? And why is this such a secret?
4. How does a series of one-year extensions truly offer any stability within the organization?
I mean these are legitimate questions that need to be answered not for the media’s sake, but for the fan’s sake. If you make decisions like this for one of the most visible positions within the organization, then a level of public accountability needs to be maintained. And if not, it only leads to more speculation or distrust.