Could Dave Dombrowski Right the Mariners Ship?

Dombrowski Could Be Savior As M’s GM or President

A little more than a week ago the Detroit Tigers let their highly successful President and General Manager, Dave Dombrowski, walk away.  Dombrowski’s contract was up and it’s clear that the Tigers felt they didn’t want to retain his services given his likely salary demands.

The thing that makes a fan of any team without a GM excited about the possibility of getting Dombrowski in the big chair is the fact that this guy has had tremendous success as a GM or front office guy regardless of how much payroll he had, or didn’t have to work with from his current team.

Dombrowski enjoyed incredible success building a farm system in Montreal.  The Expos were a competitive team in the majors from 1988-1990 while Dombrowski served as their director of player development.

The Marlins finally pulled open the big chair for Dombrowski when they made him an offer to be their GM.  All he did was build a team that won a World Series in 1996 that he had to watch be destroyed by an owner mandated fire sale the following year.  A short time later Dombrowski got himself out of that situation in Florida and went to his most recent role as President of the Tigers and then later taking on the GM role as well.  It would be hard to argue he hasn’t done well in Detroit too.

Olerud was a key acquisition made by an experienced GM in Pat Gillick.

Olerud was a key acquisition made by an experienced GM in Pat Gillick.

Three clubs, three strategies, three payroll levels and all of them competitive under Dombrowski’s expertise.  Is it any wonder why he’s mentioned as the top GM candidate for every team with an opening or a potential one?  The Blue Jays, Angels, and Red Sox are call certainly interested in Dombrowski’s services.

Enter the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners have a woeful GM in Jack Zduriencik who should and likely will be fired at the end of the season.  Would the M’s have the courage to pay the price to get a top GM?  The M’s don’t exactly have a history of hiring a guy to sit in the GM chair who has a lot of experience already.  The only possible exception in their history is Pat Gillick who put together a team that won 116 games and also presided over the last M’s team that reached the playoffs.

Maybe they should try that theory again?

What this will boil down to is money.  Dombrowski will command a salary greater than the $3 million he was receiving in Detroit.  I personally think it will likely take a deal of around $5 million per year to get this guy to come to Seattle.

It would be a shame if Seattle hired another “up and comer” to be their GM or worse, gave Jack another year to fix things.  The M’s are clearly willing to spend more than they have in recent years.  Look at the Contracts of Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in recent years.  The M’s have committed $584 million to those four guys alone in the last two years.

What’s $5 million for a winning GM?  Pay the man… quickly, Seattle, before it’s too late.

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