Seattle Mariners

Chris Gwynn resigns as Mariners’ director of player development

Chris Gwynn
Chris Gwynn Rich Clarkson & Associates file, 2012

The changes, as expected, keep coming in the Mariners’ front office under new general manager Jerry Dipoto.

The latest is Chris Gwynn, who resigned Thursday as the club’s director of player development – i.e., the club’s farm director – after four years in the post.

Gwynn is the sixth known (and highest-profile) departure this week from the staff that Dipoto, hired Sept. 28, inherited from former general manager Jack Zduriencik, who was fired Aug. 28.

An announcement is expected early next week regarding whether Dipoto will retain manager Lloyd McClendon, who has one year remaining on his contract.

Numerous industry sources say they expect Dipoto to lure Scott Servais from the Los Angeles Angels to run the Mariners’ farm system or, perhaps, oversee it along with the scouting department.

Dipoto was the Angels’ general manager when he hired Servias in 2011 as an assistant general manager. Servais interviewed for the job as Dipoto’s replacement before the Angels hired Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler.

Other departures:

▪ Ted Simmons, senior advisor to the general manger, after five years with the organization.

▪ Pete Vuckovich, special assistant to the general manager, after four years with the organization.

▪ Joe McIlvaine, special assistant to the general manager, after four years with the organization.

▪ Duane Shaffer, a major-league scout, after eight years with the organization. He worked previously as a special assistant to Zduriencik and former general manager Bill Bavasi.

▪ Joe Nigro, a major-league scout, after six years with the organization.

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