Jack Zduriencik will return next season as Mariners general manager, according to club president Chuck Armstrong. The confirmation of an earlier report that Zduriencik’s deal had been quietly extended in December was reported in the Seattle Times Tuesday afternoon.
Armstrong did not explain the reasons for the extension or its length. But earlier reporting said it was for a single year.
No decision was made on the manager Zduriencik hired, Eric Wedge, whose three-year deal is up at the end of the season.
“You always operate on the basis that you’re going to keep doing the job,” Zduriencik told the Times. “That’s what I’ve been doing. It’s been business as usual.”
The Mariners are assured of their eighth losing season in 10 years, including four of the five Zduriencik has held the GM job.
The death last week of the club’s majority owner, Hiroshi Yamauchi, spurred speculation about a potential sale of the club. But CEO Howard Lincoln said that the corporate owner, Nintendo of America, headquartered in Redmond, has no plans to sell.