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GM Jack Zduriencik likely back for next season

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm with 4 Comments »
September 24, 2013 8:51 pm

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.

 

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  1. Quinault says:

    GMZ went all in with Morse, Morales, Ibanez, Chavez, Bay, Bonderman, Saunders, Montero, Shoppach, Harang and Andino. Most are gone and I only expect an offer to Morales this off season. GMZ sort of folded a losing hand. We will lose 90+ this season.

    So let the speculation begin! Wedge back? Win-loss record says no! Thompson promotion? Brown promotion? With a 1-year GM, what manager would come here on such a short lease / desperate situation? Ozzie? Valentine? Manuel? Ron Washington (should he be fired)? Mike Hargrove? [He owes us a half season!]

    Anyway it looks like we will have team speed next year. Whether or not we can execute fundamentals is another question.

  2. I just do not know if I can stomach another Zduriencik-Wedge season. I mean, I am Mariner blue all the way but damn if it will be another difficult season next year.

  3. I’m okay with it but no longer than one more year to see if he can reap what he has sown. Wedgie not so much, but any manager that will sign for one season probably won’t be much of an improvement.

  4. 1. What have you seen in the last five seasons that makes you believe that Zduriencik should continue?

    The stockpiling of talent throughout the minor league system. Bavasi gutted the organization of top-tier talent in his time as the GM, and the cupboard was bare when Z took over. Paxton, Walker, Zunino, Miller, Franklin, Seager, Ackley, and Smoak are all Z’s picks. He got Almonte and Farquhar from the Yanks. Sure there have been misses (Montero-even though Pineda hasn’t done anything either, Figgins, the Fister trade) but I am excited about the young, high-ceiling talent.

    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?

    I think that as long as the young guys continue to develop, both at the big-league level and in them minors, and he continues to draft well, that his job should be safe. That’s the most important thing for an organization that isn’t going to have a top-5 budget.

    3. If you are willing to have Zduriencik lead you next season, why not seasons to come? And why is this such a secret?

    I honestly don’t know. I think that Lincoln and Armstrong don’t know what they are doing 75% of the time, and Z should receive a longer-term extension. The W-L record hasn’t reflected it yet, but the top-to-bottom talent in the organization is lightyears ahead of where it was when he took over. I watch every game, and in previous seasons I would turn a game off because it was 7-1 in the 5th inning seemingly all the time. This team has been a lot closer this year, and the margin has decreased (look at their record in one-run games, extra innings, etc. If they play .500 ball in those games this team has a winning record right now. We aren’t that far away.)

    4. How does a series of one-year extensions truly offer any stability within the organization?

    They don’t. And the organization has had little in the way of consistency since Lou left. I would love to see a commitment to the long-term vision.

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