Before last season, the M's hired Jack Zduriencek as the club's new general manager. While the M's opening-day roster consisted of precisely zero Jacks, the Z-Man wasted no time in remedying that, trading for, in succession, third baseman Jack Hannahan and shortstop Jack Wilson, thus increasing the organization's Jack tally to an MLB-leading (we think, anyway) three.
"Maybe if this acting gig doesn't work out, I'll go play for the Mariners."
But the Jack named Wilson, a stellar performer in Pittsburgh, was muy mal for the M's, batting .224 in an injury-plagued 31 games, creating an air of suspicion as to whether Jack Z would pick up the $8.4 million option on Jack W's contract for 2010. He didn't, but Jack'll still be back. All three of 'em, in fact.This afternoon, the M's announced the signing of Wilson to a 2-year, $10 million contract (plus performance incentives). In so doing, Jack Z declined to pick up the 2010 option, thus instantly lining Jack W's wallet with $600K in buyout cash.
But in restructuring Jack W's deal rather than simply picking up the option, Jack Z essentially gets his fellow Jack's services in 2011 for $1.6 million, a bargain price should Jack W's abbreviated 2009 stint with the club prove to be an aberration. Hence, if you still don't know Jack(s), you sure should by next October.