Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com has posted his latest story on-line discussing the future of general manager Jack Zduriencik.
Rosenthal spoke with Mariners president Chuck Armstrong about Zduriencik's job status.
“We’re not thinking about changing the general manager at all,” Mariners president Chuck Armstrong told FOXSports.com on Monday night.
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I guess that's a vote of confidence. With this ownership group, opinions and statuses can change quickly.
Obviously it's been a tumultuous year for the Mariners and for Zduriencik. It starts with the Josh Lueke situation, which has been discussed and debated for weeks. But beyond that, there were the acquisitions of Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley – who both have underachieved – the Ken Griffey Jr. situation, and the firings of Don Wakamatsu and several members of his staff.
But apparently, Zduriencik is going to keep his job. And I think he should. It would be a colossal mistake to change general managers again after just two seasons. He was brought in to rebuild a franchise from the ground up, and the success of the minor league system, the addition of new prospects along with improved development of players that were in the system shows he's in the process. This was at least a three-to-four-year process. Zduriencik admitted as much on several occasions. It's a question of whether ownership has the same understanding.