Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik Given Extension, but Is It Wise?

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIAugust 31, 2011

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 15:  Executive Vice President & GM  Jack Zduriencik (L) of the Seattle Mariners speaks with manager Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox prior to the game at Safeco Field on September 15, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Jack Zduriencik is staying put Mariner fans and for some time with a multi-year deal presented to him today. 

Over the course of the past three years life with Jack Z has been interesting to say the least.  

After a successful initial campaign in 2009, the Mariners have regressed each of the past two seasons on the field.  During that time we've seen...

Ken Griffey Jr. come back with great fanfare and then abruptly leave in a huff.   

Cliff Lee brought in to pitch alongside Felix Hernandez and then promptly shipped out once the ship sank for a package of prospects. 

Trades that rid the M's of Carlos Silva and Jose Lopez, but also netted a mixed bag of players ranging from Franklin Gutierrez to Milton Bradley in return. 

Plenty of prospects come and go, but very few that have cemented their spot on the roster. 

And last but not least, Chone Figgins...

Deep down I believe the extension was the right move, but the timing is a bit curious.  After today Jack Z's job is done for this season as his final move came with unloading Jack Wilson on the Atlanta Braves

Perhaps President & CEO Chuck Armstrong along with ownership prefer to have Jack Z feeling secure before making any moves this upcoming off-season?  With the Mariners approaching yet another make or break period it will be interesting to see if job security will lead Jack Z to act with greater restraint and caution in the free agent and trade markets as the team cannot afford (both literally and figuratively) to repeat the mistakes of the past.  

Oddly enough one has to wonder if the success of 2009 team may have set Jack back in his plans as the push to win approach for 2010 at the very least detoured the Mariners rebuilding process? 

Unfortunately the Mariners are still terrible, but I feel they have a better chance of turning things around now compared to three years ago at this time with the stockpile of young talent they've amassed. Also feel he deserves some credit for trying to clean up the mistakes he's made by either cutting loose or trading players that didn't work out.  

Moving forward if Jack Z can approach this off-season with a rational plan of attack to help compliment that young nucleus then hopefully the rebuilding plan we've been promised can actually amount to not just a winning ballclub, but a perennial contender.  Winning 80+ games is not the end goal here as fans in the Pacific Northwest deserve a winner, not an endless construction job.   Hopefully with the security of a job and the clarity it provides Jack Z can accomplish this goal.