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March 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM

2012 Mariners are indisputably Jack Zduriencik’s team

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(Ichiro arrived today at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport sporting the exact same outfit I wore to work today, right down to the fedora and pink-tinged glasses. Photo by Associated Press).

Jack Zduriencik was hired to replace Bill Bavasi as Mariners’ general manager on Oct. 22, 2008 — three years and five months ago yesterday. Since then, he has systemetically re-constructed the Mariners to the point that, as he enters his fourth season in charge, most of the remnants of the former regimes have disappeared.

When Kevin Millwood and Munenori Kawasaki are added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster prior to the season opener in Japan on Wednesday, 30 of the 39 players on the 40-man roster will have been acquired by Zduriencik. And when the 25-man roster for the season is set, only four players — Felix Hernandez, Ichiro, Michael Saunders and Shawn Kelley — will represent the pre-Zduriencik era. The first two were obtained by Seattle when Pat Gillick was general manager, which means that, poof, the Bavasi influence will be down to Kelley and Saunders (who may not have made the team if Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t gotten hurt). To be fair, Alex Liddi and/or Carlos Peguero, both Bavasi acquisitions, might be on the Opening Day roster, but that’s only the result of the quirks of the Japan trip, which allows the Mariners to keep a starting pitcher or two off the active roster. Both are likely to be in Tacoma when the season resumes.

It’s been well-documented that Zduriencik has traded or cut five of Bavasi’s top draft picks: Josh Fields, Phillippe Aumont, Brandon Morrow, Jeff Clement and Matt Tuiasosopo.

He also used many of the pitchers he inherited as chips to rework the roster. In fact, 16 of the 30 current Zduriencik players were obtained in trades for Jarrod Washburn, J.J. Putz, Cliff Lee, Doug Fister, Brandon Morrow, Michael Pineda and Erik Bedard.

Of the rest, eight were signed as free agents (four of them minor-league free agents). Three were drafted. Two were acquired in other trades, And one is a Rule 5 pick.

Obviously, team rosters are always works in progress, and turnover is rapidfire in modern baseball. By next year, I’d expect a lot more of Zduriencik’s draft choices to be on Seattle’s 40-man roster. But Zduriencik’s stamp on the Mariners in three-plus years has been dramatic. It’s his team now, for better or worse.

Here’s a look at the current 40-man roster (plus Millwood and Kawasaki), and how they were acquired:

ZDURIENCIK

Pitchers

RH Blake Beavan (acquired with 1B Justin Smoak, RHP Josh Luke, IF Matt Lawson from Texas for LHP Cliff Lee, RHP Mark Lowe, July 9, 2010)

RH Steve Delabar (signed as minor-league free agent, April 20, 2011)

LH Charlie Furbush (acquired with OF Casper Wells, IF Francisco Martinez, RHP Chance Ruffin from Detroit for RHP Doug Fister, RHP David Pauly, July 30, 2011)

LH Danny Hultzen (first-round draft selection, June, 2011

RH Hisashi Iwakuma (signed as free agent, Jan. 5, 2012)

RH Brandon League (acquired with OF Johermyn Chavez from Toronto for RHP Brandon Morrow, Dec. 23, 2009

LH Lucas Luetge (selected from Milwaukee in Rule 5 draft, Dec. 8, 2011)

RH Hector Noesi (acquired with C Jesus Montero from NY Yankees for RHP MIchael Pineda, RHP Jose Campos, Jan. 20, 2012)

LH Mauricio Robles (acquired with LHP Luke French from Detroit for LHP Jarrod Washburn, July 31, 2009)

RH Chance Ruffin (acquired with OF Casper Wells, IF Francisco Martinez, LHP Charlie Furbush from Detroit for RHP Doug Fister, RHP David Pauley, July 30, 2011

LH George Sherrill (signed as a free agent, Dec. 30, 2011)

LH Jason Vargas (acquired with OF Endy Chavez, RHP Aaron Heilman, IB Mike Carp, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto from NY Mets, OF Franklin Gutierrez from Cleveland, for RHP JJ Putz, RHP Sean Green, OF Jeremy Reed to Mets, IF Luis Valbuena to Cleveland, Dec. 10, 2008.

RH Tom Wilhelmsen (signed as minor-league free agent, Feb. 26, 2010)

*RH Kevin Millwood (signed as minor-league free agent, Jan. 23, 2012)

Catchers

John Jaso (acquired for RHP Josh Lueke and cash considerations from Tampa Bay, Nov. 27, 2011)

Jesus Montero (acquired with RHP Hector Noesi from NY Yankees for RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Jose Campos, Jan. 20, 2012)

Miguel Olivo (signed as free agent, Jan. 2, 2011)

Infielders

Dustin Ackley (first-round draft selection, June 2009)

Chone Figgins (signed as free agent, Dec. 15, 2009)

Francisco Martinez (acquired with RHP Chance Ruffin, OF Casper Wells, LHP Charlie Furbush from Detroit for RHP Doug Fister, RHP David Pauley, July 30, 2011)

Brendan Ryan (acquired from St. Louis for RHP Maikel Cleto, Dec. 13, 2010)

Kyle Seager (third-round draft selection, June 2009)

Justin Smoak (acquired with RHP Blake Beavan, RHP Josh Lueke, IF Matt Lawson from Texas for LHP Cliff Lee, RHP Mark Lowe, July 9, 2010

*Munenori Kawasaki (signed as minor-league free agent, Jan. 11, 2012)

Outfielders

Mike Carp (acquired with OF Endy Chavez, RHP Aaron Heilman, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto from Mets, OF Franklin Gutierrez from Cleveland, for RHP JJ Putz, RHP Sean Green, OF Jeremy Reed to Mets, IF Luis Valbuena to Cleveland, Dec. 10, 2008.

Johermyn Chavez (acquired with RHP Brandon League from Toronto for RHP Brandon Morrow, Dec. 22, 2009)

Chih-Hsien Chiang (acquired with OF Trayvon Robinson from Boston for LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Josh Fields, July 31, 2011)

Franklin Gutierrez (acquired from Cleveland with OF Endy Chavez, RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Mike Carp, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto from Mets, for RHP JJ Putz, RHP Sean Green, OF Jeremy Reed to Mets, IF Luis Valbuena to Cleveland, Dec. 10, 2008.

Trayvon Robinson (acquired with OF Chih-Hsien Chiang from Boston in exchance for LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Josh Fields, July 31, 2011)

Casper Wells (acquired with RHP Chance Ruffin, IF Francisco Martinez, LHP Charlie Furbush from Detroit for RHP Doug Fister, RHP David Pauley, July 30, 2011)

*Not currently on 40-man roster but expected to be added soon

BILL BAVASI

Pitchers

RH Shawn Kelley (13th-round draft selection, June 2007)

RH Yoervis Medina (signed as non-drafted free agent, July 25, 2005)

Catcher

Adam Moore (sixth-round draft selection, June 2006)

Infielders

Alex Liddi (signed as non-drafted free agent, Sept. 9, 2005)

Carlos Triunfel (signed as non-drafted free agent, Sept. 23, 2006)

Outfielders

Carlos Peguero (signed as non-drafted free agent, Jan. 20, 2005)

Michael Saunders (11th-round draft selection, June 2004)

PAT GILLICK

Pitcher

RH Felix Hernandez (signed as non-drafted free agent, July 4, 2002)

Outfielder

Ichiro Suzuki (signed as posted free agent, Nov. 18, 2000)

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