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Mather: Zduriencik has resources to improve Mariners

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Jan. 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm with 1 Comment »
January 24, 2014 5:45 pm

The way Kevin Mather sees it, his primary duty as the Mariners’ new president and chief operating officer is to provide general manager Jack Zduriencik with sufficient resources to build a winning club.

And, yes, that means immediately.

Mather said Zduriencik has sufficient financial flexibility to make additional roster additions for the upcoming season.

“That was (the subject of) my meeting this morning (with Zduriencik),” Mather said. “I said, `Where are we? Where are your holes? What are you priorities this off-season? Is there still value out there?”

Mather said Zduriencik sought the flexibility to explore possible additions, and “he does have that.” How that money is spent, and if it is spent, will be up to Zduriencik.

“Jack Zduriencik is in charge of the baseball club,” Mather emphasized. “I think the president’s role is to provide resources…

“Whether it’s a Dominican academy or Rule 4 draft signing, or a new pitching coach in Tacoma or a free agent on the free-agent market, we have to provide the resources.”

The Mariners announced Friday morning that Mather, who has been with the club since 1996, will replace Chuck Armstrong as president and COO. Armstrong’s final day will be Jan. 31.

Mather’s early goals include establishing a “three-year rolling working plan” to provide the context of a longer view.

“Historically, it’s been, `Here’s your payroll for next year,’” he said. “Free agents don’t sign one-year deals unless they’re desperate.

“Free agents sign three-, four-, five- — and in the case of (Robinson) Cano — 10-year deals. We need to have a longer-term vision. That’s where I think I can add value.

“But if we have a hole that needs filling…it’s no fun losing. Let’s fill the hole, and we’ll find the resources. Our ownership has, historically, been very good about that.”


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  1. Quinault says:

    Well with the RSN in place, and the national TV money – it makes sense to program those projections into the budget for not only players but baseball improvements. I feel that the academy will produce a pipeline of Latin American talent to our shores. By doing an analysis of the money stream, our GM will be able to target players when they reach free agency, but the most cost effective way to build a team is through the draft. We are on that path, but our picks have not all turned out great. I have hope for Zunino this year and Kyle Seager is progressing nicely.

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