Seattle Mariners Roundtable: Should G.M. Dipoto keep his job after 2018?

Jerry Dipoto Seattle Mariners. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA: Dee Gordon #9 slides safely at home scoring on an RBI single hit by Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim awaits the throw during the first inning on July 12, 2018. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Herb Nightingale

I don’t think the Mariners should fire Dipoto. The Seattle Mariners have become a better team since he became general manager. We have to remember that he traded for Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura his first off-season in the fall of 2016. He added Dee Gordon this past off-season. Gordon hasn’t had a good second-half after getting off to a hot start which I believe has to do with a toe injury that landed him on the disabled list.

Then there was Robinson Cano who missed 80 games for a P.E.D suspension though he would have been gone for a while anyway because of an injury. The Mariners did quite well for about a month without Cano but his absence might have cost the team more than we thought.

Although the Mariners have played under five hundred the last two-and-a-half months primarily because of the offense and the bullpen; the starting rotation outside of Felix Hernandez has pitched better than anyone expected.

During this season he brought in outfielder Denard Span and reliever Alex Colome who have been excellent additions to the team. It would have been nice if he could have added another starting pitcher or two but we don’t know what his limitations were in finding them.

What really I find interesting and puzzling has been under five hundred since Dipoto and Servais got their extensions. I wonder if the players relaxed feeling secure that they would still be around after this year. Also would have anyone guessed that the A’s would win over 70 percent of their games since June.

Dipoto will be around even if we don’t like it because of the extension. I am not sure whether a better general manager would be out there either. Plus I put most of the results on the players. I am sure Dipoto will go out and fix the holes.