Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has been fired after seven seasons on the job, the team announced.
Zduriencik arrived in Seattle amid a lot of optimism in late 2008, as Mariners fans got excited about the notion of someone with a deep scouting background also (supposedly) having an analytics-friendly approach to decision-making. But the team simply never had any sustained success and many of Zduriencik’s moves were very questionable. He thrived at neither scouting nor analytics.
Overall the Mariners went 505-595 (.459) with Zduriencik as GM, including just two winning seasons and zero playoff appearances. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston, whom Zduriencik hired in 2009, will take over the GM job for the remainder of the season.
On Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade with the Twins for right-handed reliever Mike Morin. The Twins will get cash considerations in the deal.
It’s a fairly quick turnaround for the 28-year-old Morin, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday after the Twins returned first baseman Eddie Rosario and outfielder C.J. Cron to the active roster. In 23 appearances for Minnesota, the righty registered a 3.18 ERA, 0.8 BB/9, and 4.4 SO/9 through 22 2/3 innings, a brief but promising improvement over the rough patch he weathered with the Mariners in 2018.
As the Phillies intend to move Morin to the 40-man roster this weekend, they’ll transfer fellow right-hander Seranthony Domínguez to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot for the new reliever. Domínguez, 24, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow last month and is still working his way back to the mound — though there’s speculation that he may undergo Tommy John surgery at some point in the near future.