Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/23/13
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What does it mean? With little fanfare and next to no publicity the Seattle Mariners brass, Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong have almost secretly given Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik a 1-year contract extension this week. Big Jack’s contract had been set to expire at the end of the 2013 season. We are not talking about giving a 38-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. a 1-year extension as the sunset of his career fades into the twilight.  This is a 1-year extension for a major league General Manager. The last thing I’d call it is a ringing endorsement of a job well done. This was a message of another type and it goes something like this:  ”Jack, we see flickers of hope with your system and players.  You’ve got 1 more year, and only 1 more year, to make this thing competitive.” I wrote near the trading deadline that the best thing for the Mariners would be for Zduriencik to pull the plug on this season and trade veterans and failing younger players including the likes of Dustin Ackley. Anythin...
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