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Monday, January 07, 2019

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto Expects Ichiro Will Be on 2019 Opening Day Roster

Ichiro Suzuki, who has been playing professional baseball since his Pacific League debut in Japan as an 18-year-old in 1992, could have a spot on the Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day roster in March.

Per Greg Johns of MLB.com, M’s general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday that “Ichi will be on our team when we go to Tokyo. He’ll be an active player.”   

The 45-year-old Suzuki is a baseball legend who took the league by storm when he joined the Mariners in 2001. He won the American League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year that season and proceeded to make the All-Star team every year through 2010.

Turns out that Ichiro can complicate everyone’s calculations involving the coming Hall of Fame candidates because he wants to.

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, jerry dipoto, retirement tour

Friday, December 14, 2018

From a hospital bed in Las Vegas, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto finalizes a trade for Edwin Encarnacion

LAS VEGAS — The legend of Trader Jerry has a new anecdote.

Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners general manager and the man of many trades and transactions, finalized a trade with the Cleveland Indians late Wednesday evening from a Las Vegas hospital bed with assistant general manager Justin Hollander standing in the room.


To conclude a three-team trade that included the Tampa Bay Rays, Dipoto sent recently acquired first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana back to the Indians in exchange for designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and a competitive balance round B choice in the 2019 draft to Seattle. That selection is No. 77 overall in the draft. Sources confirmed the Mariners also received $5 million in cash from the Indians and sent $6 million in cash to the Rays. That cash will be paid out over two years.

Making trades when you’re sick enough to be hospitalized- whatever could go wrong?

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 03:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, hospital, jerry dipoto, trades

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Why the Mariners rebuild is mostly beneficial to GM Jerry Dipoto’s job security and ownership - CBSSports.com

Is it really true teams don’t have to worry about winning? I don’t buy it.

Now, Dipoto is in a somewhat enviable position: He doesn’t have to show results to keep his job. The old saying was teams had to sell fans on wins or hope. In this post-“Process” era, fans seem more open than ever to buying hope—that their organizations can build a so-called sustainable winner that has many shots at a championship rather than one or two. Not coincidentally, the sustainable strategy aligns with the best business practices from an owner’s perspective.

Rebuilding teams are less likely to spend on the big-league roster—all the good players will be traded or will be too early in their careers to make significant coin. The spending caps on amateur talent ensure that teams can still secure top prospects without entering massive bidding wars. If and when those prospects develop into good players, they’ll have to wade through six seasons before they can make their market’s worth; again, a positive for owners’ wallets. And heck, the revenue model has even shifted in favor of rebuilds as smart business. Teams don’t have to worry about coercing fans through the turnstiles to make a dime—they can bank on billion-dollar television deals paying out whether they win 102 or lose 102.[Emphasis added.]

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

 

 

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