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More changes in the front office for the Mariners & Zduriencik

General manager Jack Zduriencik continued making his mark on the Seattle Mariners front office, promoting one man, hiring another and reassigning a third.

Zduriencik promoted Pedro Grifol, the team coordinator of minor league instruction, to the director of minor league operations.

To replace Grifol's spot, Zduriencik hired Tim Tolman, 52, who spent the last two seasons as the Washington Nationals third base coach.

Greg Hunter, the Mariners director of minor league development the past two years – and in his 12th season with the team – has been reassigned within the organization, if he chooses to accept.

In the weeks since taking over, Zduriencik has now fired the vice president of scouting, Bob Fontaine, reassigned Benny Looper, the vice president of player personnel and reassigned Hunter.

Looper left the team and was immediately hired as the assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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