As the Mariners wind down their fourth consecutive losing season general manager Jack Zduriencik knows he’ll get a shot at keeping the streak from reaching a fifth year.
The Mariners have told Zduriencik he’ll be returning for a sixth season in 2014 though the team has yet to do the same with manager Eric Wedge. Mariners president Chuck Armstrong on Tuesday confirmed a Times report earlier in the day that quoted multiple sources indicating Zduriencik would be returning.
“Yes Jack will be back’’ Armstrong said.
The Mariners had previously spent the past month declining to discuss a one-year extension through 2014 they quietly gave Zduriencik shortly after last season ended. Their silence fueled speculation that in the wake of the team’s on-field collapse this month they would merely buy out Zduriencik’s final year and hire a new general manager.
The Mariners entered Tuesday a season-high 21 games under .500 and with just a 6-16 (.278) September record.
Armstrong declined Tuesday...