Zduriencik: ‘It’s a construction process on-going’

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik added a short-term piece to the puzzle on Friday with the official signing of veteran designated hitter Jack Cust. But he went out of his way to note that the over-arching plan of the club continues to be building for the long haul.

Cust, 31, is the type of veteran the Mariners want to bring in to supplement their young crew. A year ago, Zduriencik brought back Russell Branyan in midseason to provide some protection in the middle of the order and add some leadership.

Now it’s Cust coming in on a one-year deal.

“We’re not going to deviate from the long-range plan,” Zduriencik said. “We want to be as competitive as we can be, but we are still building this organization. We’re laying the cement,we’re putting up the pillars. It’s a construction process on-going.

“But you’d like to be as competitive as competitive as you can at the big-league level and  maybe you’re fortunate and some things happen. Last year we weren’t fortunate. What we’re trying to do is stay the course and build the organization and add pieces when we think they’re appropriate.”

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