How Come It Took so Long For Jack Zduriencik To Become G.M?

0Contributor IIIMarch 13, 2010

General manager Jack Zduriencik of the Seattle Mariners during a press conference  on February 21, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona.
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Jack Zduriencik so is safe to say the best general manager in the major leagues is only in his second year as an mlb g.m. Jack who is also currently the oldest general manager in the leagues in 59 years has become one of the most known executives in all of sports. It all began during the winter meetings of 2008 when Zduriencik pulled off a 3 team blockbuster trade sending most notably J.J Putz to the Mets and exchange getting our franchise center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. This deal capped off a very productive offseason also getting players that broke out such as Russell Branyan and David Aardsma. Most recently though was his latest offseason where he had more money to work it getting utility man Chone Figgins, Cliff Lee in another 3 team trade, and some other smaller acquisitions such as Casey Kotchman, Milton Bradley, and Brandon League. Jack has turned the mariners franchise from a 101 loss team to a legitimate playoff contender. But the one question that remains to float around is how were we able to get him? Zduriencik, who has spent his years with many teams most recently the Milwaukee Brewers was known for a draft wiz. He made the major leagues best 3-4 combo in Milwaukee by drafting Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. But, why didn't any other team promote him to their g.m position? All I know is it's a good thing we were able to grab him before anyone else did. Let's see how Jack's impressive offseason turned out.