Mariners News: Update on M’s GM Search

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Apr 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzk (2) on third base in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Dan O’Dowd

If the Seattle Mariners are looking for experience, Dan O’Dowd is the right man for them. O’Dowd has been in baseball front offices for the last 30 years, and served as the Colorado Rockies GM for 15 seasons. Since being fired in Colorado last fall, O’Dowd has worked as a studio analyst for MLB Network. Recent reports indicate that the M’s have had discussions with O’Dowd regarding their GM vacancy.

O’Dowd led the Rockies to four winning seasons and two postseason appearances during his tenure as GM. Colorado reached the World Series in 2007 after making an improbable postseason run, winning 21 of their final 22 games to reach the playoffs. He finished with a career record of 1201-1392, good for a .463 winning percentage.

O’Dowd is credited with developing players like Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki, Jeff Francis and Ubaldo Jimenez. However, he is also responsible for signing Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle to lucrative free agent deals. Both signings proved to be disastrous for the organization. O’Dowd also did a poor job handling his managers.

Hiring Dan O’Dowd would be an underwhelming move for Seattle. He was not overly successful in Colorado, and he is not likely excite the Mariners’ fan base. O’Dowd has plenty of experience, but I would rather see the M’s be a bit more creative in selecting a new GM.

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