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Mariners and Jack Zduriencik moving forward

Update: The Mariners have announced a multi-year contract extension with GM Jack Zduriencik.

"Jack arrived in Seattle with a clear plan, and he has not deviated from that plan," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said in a team release. "Jack wanted to increase the talent base in our organization through scouting and player development. That is exactly what he has done."

Mike Salk is reporting that a team source tells him general manager Jack Zduriencik will be returning to the Mariners for at least one more year and that an announcement could come within the week.

Zduriencik has declined to comment on his contract status this season but as I have reported since July, the relationship between Zduriencik and the team has been good and the expectation within the organization has been that an extension or new contract would get done either at the end of the season or shortly before.

Zduriencik was working under a three-year contract which was a departure from the "evergreen" contract that previous GM Bill Bavasi had. Whether or not the new deal is a multi-year deal or renewable contract has yet to be learned.

Zduriencik inherited a team that lost 101 games in 2008, and since then the Mariners have gone 203-255 in his three seasons as general manager. Notable draft picks Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager reached the major leagues relatively quickly, and more recent draft picks like James Paxton and Danny Hultzen aren't expected to take long either.

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