Sailors announce multi-year extensions for GM Jerry Dipoto and Director Scott Servias
Seattle sailors announced wednesday a promotion for general manager Jerry Dipoto (to “president of baseball operations”); and multi-year contract extensions for Dipoto and manager Scott Servais.
Dipoto, originally hired by the Mariners in September 2015, has Seattle on course for his winning third season in six attempts. The Mariners, who have the longest playoff drought in all of Major League Baseball (having not made the playoffs since 2001), entered Wednesday 3 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the chase. for second place in the American League wild card. The Mariners are also following the Oakland Athletics, suggesting their path is more complicated than it looks.
Prior to joining the Mariners, Dipoto had served as interim general manager with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then full-time general manager with the Los Angeles Angels for almost four years. (Dipoto stepped down in 2015 after a power struggle with then Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.)
It is not known whether the Mariners intend to hire or appoint a general manager, as do most of the teams that occupy the role of “president of baseball operations”.
“Jerry is a creative and passionate leader with a clear vision for our franchise,” Mariners owner John Stanton said in a press release issued by the team. “After the 2018 season, Jerry came to us with a plan on how to compete and win championships. He was transparent about the difficulty, but also clear about the goals and milestones. Over the past two and a half years that followed, he led the group’s baseball operations through challenges on and off the field, while respecting the schedule he set. “
Servais, Seattle manager since 2016, racked up a record 419-422 at the helm. He had no managerial experience before being hired.