The Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in Seattle, according to a press release from the team.
Today's news likely comes as a result of a strong Mariners' season that currently has the team sitting in control of the second AL Wild Card spot over the Tigers by a half-game, as many speculated that Zduriencik was on the hot seat since the beginning of the season. The 63-year old Zduriencik made a huge splash last offseason by signing Robinson Cano to a $240 million contract, but then was highly criticized for making only small complementary moves such as the additions of Fernando Rodney, Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to round out the team's offseason.
Some have also criticized Zduriencik for his involvement in the three-team deal that sent David Price to the Tigers despite the Mariners' intense interest in the left-hander. Seattle made a good deal in getting outfielder Austin Jackson in exchange for Nick Franklin, but still were unable to catch the big fish in the hours leading up to the trade deadline.
In almost six full seasons since hiring Zduriencik, the Mariners have posted a 430-510 record, accounting for a .457 winning percentage in that span. Despite his previous struggles, Zduriencik has apparently done enough to earn a multi-year commitment from ownership that will keep his job safe for the foreseeable future.