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Young execs waiting in GM wings (And so it begins)

Doug Miller (Pravda) provides a list of young potential GM candidates. Some are familiar of course, but they've pointed out some new ones. Jeff Kingston Current job: Assistant GM, Seattle Mariners Age: 32 The latest: Kingston joined the Mariners last September, replacing longtime assistant GM Lee Pelekoudas, and made a big impact this winter, being a key operator in the negotiations that ultimately led to the signing of staff ace Felix Hernandez to a five-year contract extension. The resume: Kingston graduated from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania in 1999 with a degree in economics, started in baseball when hired by Epstein as an intern for the Padres, and spent the last nine seasons working his way up through the San Diego baseball operations department. Kingston was named the Padres' director of baseball operations in November 2002, a title he held until being hired by Seattle. While in San Diego, he was primarily responsible for assisting former GM Kevin Towers and assistant GM Fred Uhlman Jr. in all player acquisitions as well as roster, payroll and budget management, contract negotiations and salary arbitration efforts and overseeing statistical analysis and scouting efforts. Quotable: "I am excited to add Jeff to our front office staff. He assisted in several capacities with San Diego, and his skill set and diversity will aid this organization as we move forward." -- Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik when Kingston was hired

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