The search for the Mariners' next general manager still has many months, and many miles, to go. But here are two more names to tuck away...

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The search for the Mariners’ next general manager still has many months, and many miles, to go.

But here are two more names to tuck away:

• Jerry DiPoto, Arizona’s director of player personnel. A former major-league pitcher, DiPoto worked as a Red Sox scout when they won the World Series in 2004, then moved to Colorado and, as head of the Rockies’ scouting department, helped build the team that won the NL pennant last year. Now he’s one of many highly regarded executives working under Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes.

DiPoto, whose link to the Mariners’ job is gaining some industry buzz, is regarded as a solid combination of scouting acumen and statistical analysis.

• Rick Hahn, White Sox assistant general manager. Hahn has had a unique career path, having graduated from Harvard Law and worked as an agent in the firm of Jeff Moorad and Leigh Steinberg before joining the White Sox in 2000.

He has become a leading adviser to White Sox GM Ken Williams, and was a candidate last year in Pittsburgh and St. Louis before receiving a raise from White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf to stay in Chicago.

“He’s probably overqualified to be a GM,” Williams told the Chicago Tribune. “Rick is one of the smartest people I know and one of the most-prepared people you’ll ever find.

“There are a lot of people who have those qualities, but the management skills aren’t equal, and [he has] the personality to deal with all the many personalities that you find in this game.

“The day he becomes a general manager will be the day my job gets a lot harder.”

Hahn, a native of Winnetka, Ill., told the Tribune: “The fact is, last offseason I gave Jerry and Kenny my word that I would only leave the Sox for a handful of specific opportunities that make the most sense for my family. So, barring something unforeseen, they’re stuck with me for a little while longer.”

Impressed Eck

Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley on Tampa Bay rookie Evan Longoria:

“Love him. I love Longoria. This kid is the real deal. He reminds me of an Edgar Martinez and an Alex Rodriguez. And he can play third base. He’s so smooth.”

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