– Jerry Dipoto was introduced as Seattle’s new general manager Tuesday, less than three months after stepping down from the same position with the Los Angeles Angels following clashes with manager Mike Scioscia. Dipoto said he was honest with Mariners management about what led him to leave the Angels.

“The way things ended for me in Anaheim with the Angels, it will not define my career,” Dipoto said. “I’ve given up some long homers in my day. I’ve also had some key strikeouts. … You go through ups and downs in your career, and I consider my time in Anaheim more up than down.”

Dipoto, 47, said Seattle’s core is solid with the likes of Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz but the challenge will be deepening the bench, pitching rotation and bullpen.

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