The offseason is not even close to over, yet two general managers already stand out, albeit for vastly different reasons.á Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has, in under two years, turned the Mariners from the punchline in a Bill Bavasi joke to a legitimate contender for the AL West.á Meanwhile, Houston Astros GM Ed Wade keeps digging a deeper grave for his team.á These GMs are important because they represent two different modes of managingùone that values rational, informed decision making, and one that does not. á Jack Zduriencik Jack Z, as I fondly call his baldness , has had a busy offseason.á He started with a bang by signing Chone Figgins , 31, to a four year, $36 million dollar contract.á Last year was Figgins' best year by far.á He posted a WAR of 6.1, worth a cool $27. ...
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