In 2009 The Mariners had the number 2 in the Amateur draft, it was clear they were targeting Dustin Acklin. While scouting Ackley, the Tar Heels’ third baseman, Kyle Seager, caught the eye of scouting director Tom McNamara and general manager Jack Zduriencik.
Six years later, selecting Seager in the third round might be the best draft pick of Zduriencik’s tenure in Seattle.
”A player can change the destination of a team and you never really know where it comes,” Zduriencik said Wednesday after Seager signed his $100 million, seven-year contract with the Mariners. ”You have to have success in other rounds.”
The Marfiners spent wisely by locking up Seager in his prime. At 27, he passed up salary arbitration and pushed back his potential free agency for the security of being under contract with Seattle for the next seven years and perhaps an eighth – the Mariners hold a club option for 2022.