The Seattle Mariners have already brought in one of the biggest names in baseball with the Robinson Cano signing. Arguably the best active second baseman in baseball, Cano signed a record 10-year contract with Seattle, leaving the only team he’s played for – the Yankees.
Now the Mariners may be bringing in an even bigger name, this time into the front office. Tony La Russa’s name is being mentioned as the leading outside candidate to replace outgoing team president, Chuck Armstrong.
When Mariners officials were asked about the rumor, they would neither confirm nor deny the speculation. What is believed to be true is that the team is looking at two internal options to fill the position and if they feel one of the candidates meets their requirements, they’ll go that route.
It’s unknown who the two are but Tony La Russa they are not. No current Mariners front office employee can compare, aside from one – Ken Griffey Jr. It’s unlikely, however not impossible that they would promote Griffey to the same position that former Texas Ranger great Nolan Ryan held with his former club.
The former St. Louis Cardinals manager, who was recently elected to the baseball Hall of Fame, would be a great addition to a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 12 straight seasons. La Russa would help to attract more quality players but also top front office personel thanks to the tremendous amount of respect that the MLB community have for him.