Read: M's GM Zduriencik started with the Mets

In a report for MLB.com, Jim Street profiles Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, who has done an amazing job in just two years, turning his team from 100 losses to legit contenders for the AL West.

“I think Jack and manager Don Wakamatsu have done a tremendous job changing the culture in Seattle,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels told Street.  “They’ve got a pretty clear plan and everything they have done has fallen into place.  They are going to be a tough team to score upon, especially in that ballpark.  They’re emphasizing pitching and defense and are doing everything they can towards that.”

...hmm, i feel like i’ve heard that plan before… but where, and from whom… hmm...

…in talking with people around baseball, about the Mets situation, they all seem to use the Mariners as an example, pointing out how a team, so as long as it makes smart choices, especially one in New York, can turn itself around on a dime… but, again, it’s all about making smart choices

By the way, the 59–year-old Zduriencik started his professional baseball career in 1980 as an area scout for the Mets, with whom he eventually served as Director of Minor League Operations from 1995 to 1998, during which he was also a special asisstant to Mets GM Steve Phillips.