(1090 The Fan) — Seattle Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik has “exasperated” trade partners with his negotiating style this season, according to a report from FOX Sports.
Rival executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, say the Mariners frequently inquire on dozens of players, only to shift direction when a deal appears within reach. Though that practice is hardly unique, Zduriencik is reportedly the worst offender and “one of the most difficult GMs” in the sport to do business with.
Zduriencik’s peers claim the trade market this year is clogged in part due to Seattle’s stalled pursuits of players like the Rays’ David Price, Rangers’ Alex Rios and Phillies’ Marlon Byrd.
One anonymous executive in the report says Zduriencik “has made offers and then pulled back after we have said, ‘This is something we would do.’ He responds (by saying) it wasn’t an offer and that we will need to discuss it with his guys.”
Another executive said, “I don’t always get the sense that he knows what he wants to do. One day he’s interested in one thing. The next day, he’s interested in another. That’s what makes it challenging.”
Zduriencik responded to the report by saying the “in-and-out nature” of his trade conversations are typical of those that occur throughout Major League Baseball. He added, “It is my job to do what is best for the Seattle Mariners.”
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