SEATTLE -- The uncertain future of Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zdurinecik was a factor in his aggressive pursuits of offense at the trade deadline, and those moves have proven to be so successful that he was rewarded with a multi-year extension on Tuesday.
The news was met with mixed reviews locally, with some fans believing that the extension was a knee-jerk reaction to the Mariners' recent run of success, but Zduriencik has done more than enough during his tenure to warrant a longer run in Seattle.
Zduriencik's legacy heading into the 2014 season included several botched signings and trades, resulting in players like Chone Figgins, Justin Smoak (for Cliff Lee) and Jesus Montero (for promising young starter Michael Pineda), as well as the rebuilding of one of the most talent-poor minor league systems in baseball. The emergence of Zduriencik additions like starter Hisashi Iwakuma, left fielder Dustin Ackley and All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager has put a new spin on Zduriencik's tenure, while 2014 moves to add second baseman Robinson Cano and veteran pitcher Chris Young, as well as deadline acquisitions Austin Jackson, Kendrys Morales and Chris Denorfia, have worked out for the better.
Seattle's future looks a lot brighter, and the Mariners rewarded Zduriencik with a multi-year extension.
"Since Jack took over after the 2008 season, we have been building toward our ultimate goal, which is to win the World Series," new team president Kevin Mather said in a press release. "We believe, with the efforts of Jack and his staff, we are now well-positioned as an organization to be a contender for many years to come."