SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have promoted general manager Jerry Dipoto to president of baseball operations and signed manager Scott Servais to a multi-year contract extension, leaving the pair locked in to oversee the implementation of the franchise that was rebuilt three years ago.
Both deals, which were announced on Wednesday, were expected and came with the Mariners trying to hunt for a playoff spot in the American League. Seattle has the longest drying time after a season from any team in North American sports in the four major leagues, and last reached the postseason in 2001.
Dipoto, which also received a multi-year extension as part of the campaign, has rebuilt Mariner’s farm system with a host of top opportunities, some of which have become contributors this season. He has also made some good moves in the field of free agency and is working to build one of the most reliable pitching staffs in AL.
“Jerry is a creative, passionate leader with a clear vision for our franchise,” said Mariners board chairman John Stanton. “After the 2018 season, Jerry came to us with a plan for how we would compete for and win championships. He was open about the difficulty, but also clear on the goals and milestones. For the past two and a half years, he has led the baseball operations team through challenges on and off the court, while performing on the timeline he posted. ”
Servais has contributed to the mix of prospects and some established veterans working on the field. Seattle recorded 7 games behind Houston in AL West on Wednesday, but only 3 behind Boston in the wild-card race.