The Seattle Mariners announced that they have extended general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year deal contract today.
Zduriencik has been on the hot seat now for some time, but the Mariners success this season has likely saved his job. The Mariners are currently in sole possession of the second Wild Card spot, as their 71-59 record gives them a 1/2 game lead over the Detroit Tigers.
This offseason, Zduriencik signed Robinson Cano this offseason to a ten-year, $240 million deal, signed Corey Hart to a one-year, $6 million deal, and acquired Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins for reliever Carter Capps. Usually teams that have a big offseason do not have the best regular season, but Zduriencik played his chips at the right time. He had a big offseason while mixing with homegrown talent with players such as Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Felix Hernandez.
The 63-year-old Zduriencik, who is an alumni of California University of Pennsylvania, worked his way from an area scout in the New York Mets organization back in 1983 to general manager of the Seattle Mariners, where his tenure began in 2008. He was hired by the Mariners after spending three years with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he was given a large amount of credit for bringing the team back into playoff contention in 2008.
Brewers GM Doug Melvin said, "No doubt about it, he [Zduriencik] deserves almost all the credit for the young players we have. The players he has drafted are making an impact at the big league level."
The Mariners have a 430-510 record in almost six full seasons under Zduriencik.