Mariners News: Update on M’s GM Search

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Sep 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws the ball during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dana Brown

Buster Only of ESPN reports that Dana Brown interviewed to be the next GM in Seattle this past Wednesday. The Seton Hall alum is currently working as a special assistant to Alex Anthopolous in Toronto, but he has over 20 years of experience. Originally hired as a scout by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993, Brown worked his way up to being the scouting director for Omar Minaya in Montreal.

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The new management team opted to retain Brown when the Expos moved to Washington. As scouting director for the Nationals, Brown was responsible for drafting Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman. In recent years, he has helped build the Toronto Blue Jays into what looks like a World Series contender in 2015.

Dana Brown has to be viewed as the underdog right now, but he could make for an intriguing hire. He is more old school in regards to assessing talent. The Moneyball approach is popular these days, but it is definitely not the only way to do things. Brown has no experience as a General Manager, but he has worked extremely closely with them during the past decade.

I would personally prefer to see the M’s hire someone like Jerry Dipoto or Billy Eppler. However, if they are unable to secure other one of them, Dana Brown might be someone to take a closer look at.

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