On Tuesday reports were released that the Seattle Mariners had given General Manager Jack Zduriencik a one-year contract extension that keeps him with the team through the 2014 season. Zduriencik’s initial five-year deal was set to expire at the end of the season.
While nothing has been officially announced, expect the deal to be finalized over the next 48 hours. It is a move that has to be made yet the team isn’t going far enough. Zduriencik deserves a multi-year extension, three years probably making the most sense.
When you look at the job he has done to rebuild the Mariners talent base essentially from scratch and really take the time to appreciate just how well positioned this franchise is from where it was when he inherited it, Zduriencik’s value is apparent.
The team has a farm system ranked amongst the best in the majors by all major publications. It is loaded with quality young talent at the major league level, including one of the best young infields in the game. Financially, it is in the best position it has ever been in; beholden to only one long term contract (Felix Hernandez). It is a position that any team in the majors would be happy to be in.
Sure, he’s had his failures, but no GM in the history of the game, or any game, has been perfect. It’s asinine to even hope for that. He’s done an admirable job all things considered and should be rewarded for that.
So good for Zduriencik and good on the Mariners for doing the right thing. There is much to be done this offseason — starting rotation, outfield, bullpen — as I highlighted in my previous post just a few days ago. This is a critical time for the Mariners. Changing general managers would have only hurt them.
I have the utmost confidence in Zduriencik to make the correct moves this offseason which will lead to the team’s first playoff berth since 2001.