General managers in trouble always want more time.
Time for prospects to develop. Time for injured players to heal. Time for the GM's blueprint to become a fully formed vision of a championship contender.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is running out of time.
The M's are 9-15 in a season in which they were expected to at least continue their recent incremental improvement, from 61 to 67 to 75 wins the past three years. And while the schedule is still less than 15 percent complete, the Mariners again are last in the AL in runs per game - a position they held in each of Zduriencik's first four years as GM.
Zduriencik was talking about the need for more time Thursday, referencing injuries to three pitchers and each of the Mariners' starting outfielders, pointing out that his front office has had only four drafts, explaining that some of the top prospects from Triple-A will be in the majors before the end of the season.
His argument makes sense only if you believe that Zdurienc...