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Jerry Dipoto Not Planning Full Rebuild Of Mariners

Oct 3, 2015 8:28 PM

Jerry Dipoto does not plan on beginning a full-scale rebuild as he takes over the Seattle Mariners.

This means core players like Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez won't be shopped in trade talks.

“The greater likelihood is, we’ll focus on those four guys, and Taijuan Walker, as the core we’re trying to build around,” says Dipoto. “And we’ll have to be more creative in finding ways to augment that group, rather than using that group to build a new program.”

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Red Sox Had Hoped To Retain Jerry Dipoto

Sep 30, 2015 8:04 AM

Jerry Dipoto, who was officially hired as general manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, worked for a few months as a member of the Boston Red Sox front office.

Dipoto evaluated Boston's minor-league talent as a consultant after he stepped down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

"I wish he would have been able to stay," president Dave Dombrowski said. "I figured once Seattle started interview him it was probably a long shot. But, sure, I wish he would have been able to stay."

Dipoto left a mark on the Red Sox despite his short stay.

"His basic task was to review our personnel in the organization and then report on them, which he did. He would have continued to watch us in the Instructional League, but that’€™s obviously over now," Dombrowski said. "So he did all of that. He did a great job, had a very thorough assessment of our talent, and gave me the information. He also, when he was around, contributed to other ways in talking about general baseball. But we never got a chance to pursue any of that because of the circumstances.

"It was great. He supplemented the information I already had from people in the organization, so the combination of getting that from within, but while also getting it from an outside observer, was great. It was very good and really good information. And now I obviously have all that information for future reference."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Jerry Dipoto Begins 'Dream' Job With Mariners

Sep 29, 2015 4:28 PM

The Seattle Mariners introduced Jerry Dipoto as their general manager on Tuesday, a position he called his "dream job."

The 47-year-old was among the top choices for Mariners president Kevin Mather since Jack Zduriencik was dismissed on Aug. 28.

Dipoto has spent the past 3 1/2 seasons as a GM in the American League West, working in the Los Angeles Angels' front office. He resigned on July 1 after reported conflicts with longtime manager Mike Scioscia.

"I believe my decision to leave the Angels was in the best interest of the Angels, was in my best interest and I left it at that," Dipoto said. "In life, we have decisions to make. I'm heavily invested in many players on that Angels roster and the organization as a whole. … But sometimes, it's just right to move on for everybody's benefit and the growth of everyone."

Joey Nowak/MLB

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McClendon Has 'Great' Meeting With Jerry Dipoto

Sep 29, 2015 7:11 AM

Lloyd McClendon met with new Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto for about two hours on Monday morning.

McClendon said the conversation was a "great" one, but his future with the team remains to be seen.

"I'm under contract to manage next year, and hopefully I'll manage the club," McClendon said. "So beyond that … if you're looking for security in this game, you're in the wrong business. That's me and every other manager."

Greg Johns/MLB

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Jerry Dipoto Hired As Seattle's GM

Sep 28, 2015 5:05 PM

The Seattle Mariners have hired Jerry Dipoto as their general manager.

Dipoto replaces Jack Zduriencik, who was fired in late August after seven disappointing seasons in which the club failed to end its playoff drought.

With the Toronto Blue Jays having qualified for the postseason, the Mariners now have the longest playoff absence in baseball at 14 years and counting.

"Jerry impressed us at each step of the process," Mariners president Kevin Mather said. "He has a very unique skill set, having been a successful player in the majors (he was 27-24 pitching in eight seasons with the Indians, Mets and Rockies), then moving into front offices with steadily increasing responsibilities. Jerry has scouted, spent time in player development and has a track record as a very successful general manager.

"During our conversations over the past few weeks, it became clear to me that he has a very solid understanding of our team and organization, both where we are and where we want to be. And he has a strategy to get us there. Few candidates bring the combination of playing the game, scouting, a solid understanding of statistical metrics and a plan for player development.

"I am looking forward to having Jerry lead our baseball operations for a long time."


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Mariners Search For GM Nearing Completion

Sep 28, 2015 11:36 AM

The Seattle Mariners, who fired Jack Zduriencik as general manager about a month ago, are nearing the end of their search for his replacement.

An announcement could come as soon as Monday, according to a source. Other sources have indicated that later in the week is more likely, barring any "snags" in contract negotiations.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

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Mariners Have Interviewed Dana Brown, Billy Eppler

Sep 17, 2015 3:45 PM

The Seattle Mariners are advancing in their search for a general manager, having interviewed Dana Brown and Billy Eppler.

Brown, a special assistant for the Toronto Blue Jays, was scheduled to interview with the Mariners on Wednesday. Brown was formerly the scouting director with the Washington Nationals.

Eppler was also scheduled to sit down with Seattle on Wednesday.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Mike Zunino Undergoing Massive Swing Overhaul

Sep 9, 2015 7:55 AM

The Seattle Mariners won't bring Mike Zunino back to the Major Leagues this season.

Zunino is being sent to Arizona to participate in the upcoming instructional league. He is undergoing a massive swing overhaul with hitting coach Cory Snyder under the supervision of Edgar Martinez.

The 24-year-old is a career .193/.252/.353 hitter in 1,055 plate appearances since 2013.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

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Mariners Plan To Interview Jerry Dipoto

Sep 4, 2015 7:19 AM

The Seattle Mariners plan to interview Jerry Dipoto for their vacant general manager position.

Dipoto, who is currently working as a consultant for the Boston Red Sox, resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels in July.

The Mariners parted ways with Jack Zduriencik last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Dodgers Acquire Justin Ruggiano

Sep 1, 2015 6:52 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Justin Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle will receive cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Ruggiano, 33, has spent much of the season at Triple-A after a slow start to the year.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

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Mariners Trade Austin Jackson To Cubs
Seattle will receive a player to be named later and a $211,000 international signing slot. Chicago will receive some cash to offset what is left on Jackson's $7.7 million salary.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Mariners Hope To Hire Experienced GM Soon
The Mariners have reportedly reached out to former Rockies executive Dan O'Dowd.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Mariners Fire Jack Zduriencik
Jack Zduriencik was hired by Seattle in 2008.

RealGM Staff Report

Cubs Acquire Fernando Rodney From M's
Fernando Rodney went 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and 16 saves in 54 appearances for the Mariners this season.

Mariners Haven't Decided If Jack Zduriencik Will Return
The Mariners have not decided whether or not Jack Zduriencik will return as general manager, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariners Don't Want Mike Montgomery Shaking Off Catcher
Mike Montgomery surrendered five hits and three earned runs over four innings on Saturday against the Rangers.

John McGrath/News Tribune

Pirates Acquire J.A. Happ, Michael Morse
J.A. Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 starts for the Mariners this season.

Blue Jays Add Mark Lowe From Mariners
Mark Lowe has a 1.00 ERA, 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 36.5 ground ball rate for Seattle this season.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Cubs, Mariners Discussing Unknown Players
The conversations reportedly didn't involve Starlin Castro and there are a wide range of targets at play here.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Yankees Get Dustin Ackley From Mariners
The Yankees have acquired infielder Dustin Ackley from the Mariners in exchange for outfield prospect Ramon Flores and right-hander Jose Ramirez.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Mariners Think Fernando Rodney Is Tipping Pitches
The Seattle Mariners believe Fernando Rodney is tipping his pitches, part of what has led to his struggles on the mound.

Associated Press

Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame
Craig Biggio is the first Astro to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Angels, Mariners, Royals Interested In Justin Upton
Justin Upton is believed to be the best hitter available on the trade market and he has drawn trade interest from the Angels, Mariners and Royals.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Mariners, Red Sox Interested In Jason Frasor
Jason Frasor was designated for assignment by the Royals and opted for free agency.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Robinson Cano Has Been Battling Stomach Issue Since Last Summer
Robinson Cano, who has been stuck in a slump for much of the season, says he's been battling a stomach ailment since last August.


All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Robinson Cano Hit In Head By Stray Ball
Robinson Cano has no signs of a concussion after being hit in the head by an errant Angels' throw on Saturday.

Mariners Release Rickie Weeks
Weeks, 32, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners in the offseason to serve as Robinson Cano's backup and a utility man.

Mark Polishuk/FanGraphs

M's Hire Edgar Martinez As New Hitting Coach
The Mariners have reassigned Howard Johnson to the minor league system.

Mariners Interested In Revere, But Phillies Asking Too Much
Talks between the two squads broke down when the Phillies reportedly asked for too much in return for the outfielder.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

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