SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Dipoto believes the Seattle Mariners don't need a major overhaul at the major league level to create a contender.

Dipoto was introduced as Seattle's new general manager on Tuesday. Dipoto was one of three finalists for the position, narrowed from an initial pool of about 40 that Mariners team President Kevin Mather pulled together.

Dipoto said that 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.

He was hired 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 to his departure from the Angels.