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Mariners announce contract extension for GM Jack Zduriencik

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, who entered the season under some heat to produce a winner, received a multi-year contract extension Tuesday from the club.

No specifics on the length of the extension were given.

The move comes with the Mariners tracking for a possible postseason appearance for the first time since 2001. They entered Tuesday's game against Texas at 71-59 and holding a one-half game lead over Detroit in the battle for the American League's final wild-card spot.

"Since Jack took over after the 2008 season, we have been building toward our ultimate goal, which is to win the World Series," said Kevin Mather, the club's president and chief operating officer. "We believe, with the efforts of Jack and his staff, we are now well-positioned as an organization to be a contender for many years to come."

Zduriencik is completing his sixth season in 2014 as the club's general manager and executive vice president for baseball operations. His career spans 35 years in major-league baseball and includes time with Mets, Dodgers, Pirates and Brewers before he was hired Oct. 22, 2008 by the Mariners.

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