Jack Zduriencik’s Firing Leaves Seattle Mariners with Hefty Bills to Pay

Jack Zduriencik’s Firing Leaves Seattle Mariners with Hefty Bills to Pay

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SEATTLE, WA DECEMBER 12: GM Jack Zduriencik of the Seattle Mariners looks on during a press conference introducing Robinson Cano to the media at Safeco Field on December 12, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners may have fired longtime GM Jack Zduriencik earlier today, but his departure won’t bring the immediate improvement or playoff contention that fans have been wishing for over the past soon to be 14 seasons. In fact,
replica ray bans, the next several years are probably going to be spent cleaning up the absolute mess that Zduriencik made of the team’s payroll and roster.

Zduriencik’s tenure in Seattle was, to say the least, interesting. When he was hired in 2008, the Mariners had just become the first team in baseball history to lose 100 games and have a $100 million payroll. At his introductory press conference, Zduriencik stressed that change was coming.

"We’re going to build this organization and try to compete, and we will compete, with the best clubs in baseball," he said. "I’d love to have guys with good makeup and good character, committed to the city and the ballclub. But when all is said and done, talent wins."

Fast forward to the present day, and the Mariners currently sit fourth in the American League Western Division with a record of 59 69, 12 games back from the division leading Houston Astros. That’s quite a step back from 2014s third place finish and 87 75 record, the team’s first finish above .500 since 2009.

On top of that, per Spotrac, Seattle currently has $102.2 million in active contracts on its payroll. Granted, that’s well below the luxury tax threshold and not the worst number in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but the two bad contracts the team currently has on the books are disconcerting, to say the least.

Last season, Zduriencik made headlines when he lured All Star second baseman Robinson Cano away from the New York Yankees and signed him to a 10 year, $240 million contract. Though Cano batted .314 with 14 home runs and 82 RBI last season, he took a step back in 2015 and though he has 14 home runs, he is hitting just .278 with 58 RBI and the power he had while with the Yankees has diminished in cavernous Safeco Field. With his 33rd birthday coming in October and eight years remaining on the deal, there is little to suggest that his overall numbers will suddenly experience a great resurgence, even though he has said this season that his production has been affected by a stomach problem and a death in the family.