As avid fans of the Seattle Mariners, and as avid fans who read Lookout Landing, you probably also read USS Mariner. So you've probably seen this post by now. In case you haven't, you should go see it and consume it, because it is of some importance to us. I'll give you a minute. I'll actually give you several minutes, because the post isn't short. Read it, and maybe read it again so that the details can sink in.

The gist:

The moves the team is making are different. Why? We don't know for sure, but we do know that besides Jack Zduriencik and Tom McNamara, the front office now is entirely different than the front office that was in place back in the first few years of the new regime. I'd guess that those two things are related.

Maybe you've noticed that Tony Blengino hasn't really shown up in articles for some time. It turns out Blengino has been reassigned, and while he's still on Mariners front-office payroll, his role has changed, and he's not so direct an advisor to Jack Zduriencik. Tangotiger, if you're familiar with his work, isn't working with the Mariners at all anymore, as he's gone to a different front office. Various other people are no longer members of the Mariners front office, having departed over time, and various other people have stepped in to take their places. I know I've noticed a distinct increase in references to Jeff Kingston. Since Jack Zduriencik took over with the Mariners, most of the front-office personnel has changed. I believe only Zduriencik and Tom McNamara have remained in place.

So that could be one explanation for why it seems like the front office now values different things than it valued years ago. It could also be unrelated -- we have but a small sample of transactions and attempted transactions, within a dynamic market -- but, a few points.

First, we've talked about this before, but a team is not led by its general manager. The general manager usually makes the final calls, and he's the guy who takes responsibility, but teams are led by front offices, and front offices include general managers and a number of assistants. It's always a group effort. The general manager, of course, usually is the guy who selects those assistants, so in that regard it all reflects on him, but things are more complicated than "Jack Zduriencik did this" or "Jack Zduriencik doesn't value that." It's always bigger than one guy.