By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Seattle Mariners have signed Vice President and General Manager Jerry DiPoto a multi-year contract extension on Friday. His previous contract was set to expire at the end of his season.
The 50-year-old was hired by the Mariners in this position in September 2015. According to DiPoto, it did not take long for him to agree to his new deal.
“A couple minutes, really,” he said with a smile on his face. “It was mostly a phone call and a suggestion. This is a no-brainer for me. I told you all when I got here that this was a dream job for me. It’s a great market in a city that is starved to win, with an opportunity to be creative.”
DiPoto, who was the interim GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Los Angeles Angels GM from 2011 through 2015, took over a team that went 76-85 in 2015. Since then, DiPoto has made the most trades in baseball to shape his team.
The Mariners entered Friday with the fourth-best record in the Major League. They had a 56-32 record.
Seattle has a very good opportunity to break its 17-year playoff drought this season. Despite the 56-32 record, the team has had to deal with an 80-game PED suspension to its best player, Robinson Cano.
Hiring Scott Servais, who has been the Mariners manager since 2016, has helped DiPoto turn the team around. Like DiPoto, before his extension, Servais’ contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
“Without question,” DiPoto said. “Scott has been my partner for far longer than we’ve been here, whether it was dreaming about what we wanted to create as a franchise or in player development or what we were doing in scouting and now building a Major League roster and how to guide it. I don’t envision a time when I’m doing my job without him doing his job.”
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