It was announced this week that the Seattle Mariners now have a new team president in Kevin Mather. That could lead to a ton of questions but one that the Mariners thought they should address right off the bat was that Mather is officially supporting the moves of General Manager Jack Zduriencik as they try to create a winner in Seattle. It wasn’t that long ago that Zduriencik could have been seen as being on the hot seat and his current deal is not long at all.
The real question at hand here is how far Mather’s faith in Zduriencik really goes. They have allowed him to go out and lock up a ton of money for a decade in Robinson Cano and make other bold moves in the attempt to try and win this season. With all of the payroll already going out, and more money likely to leave the owners pockets soon, how far will Mather and company’s faith in their GM go if he doesn’t win?
It is possible that they still will not win because they have two plus starting pitchers; the same two they had when they lost a ton of games last season. They have Cano but not Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez who provided quite a lot of pop one year ago. It is possible if nothing else is done that the Mariners could easily be every bit as bad as they were in 2013. If that happens, how far will the GM be allowed to go before a change is made official there? I cannot imagine the rope he is working on would be very lengthy.