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Mariners hire Zduriencik away from Brewers to be new GM

Updated: October 22, 2008, 9:24 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners hired Milwaukee Brewers special assistant Jack Zduriencik as their new general manager Wednesday.

The 57-year-old Zduriencik, known for his skill in drafting players, replaces Bill Bavasi, who was fired in June, and takes over for interim GM Lee Pelekoudas.

Since Zduriencik arrived in Milwaukee in 1999, the team drafted Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, J.J Hardy and 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun -- the young foundation of Milwaukee's playoff ...

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