Mariners News: Update on M’s GM Search
George A. King III of the New York Post is reporting that Billy Eppler interviewed for the Mariners GM job this week in Chicago. Eppler started as a scout for the Colorado Rockies in 2000 before being hired for the same position with the New York Yankees in 2004. Brian Cashman appointed Eppler as the Yanks’ Director of Professional Scouting in 2005, and promoted him to assistant GM following the 2011 season.
Eppler has long been on MLB teams’ radar as a potential General Manager, and he figures to be hired by someone this offseason. The University of Connecticut grad is considered saber-savvy. Eppler was a finalist for the Los Angeles Angels GM vacancy in 2011, and he was almost hired in San Diego. Arizona wanted to interview Eppler in 2014, but he declined their request.
If the Mariners are open to hiring a rookie GM, they could do a lot worse than Billy Eppler. He is young, and has done a great job in New York. Eppler and Brian Cashman have cobbling together a playoff caliber season with a roster not many expected to be over .500.
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