Report: Mariners sign Marco Gonzales to two-year deal

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners have signed lefty Marco Gonzales to a two-year, $1.9 million deal. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Gonzales will earn $900,000 in 2019 and $1 million in 2020.

Gonzales, 26, had a solid year for the Mariners, going 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA and a 145/32 K/BB ratio in 166 2/3 innings. The Mariners acquired him in July 2017 from the Cardinals in exchange for Tyler O'Neill.

Gonzales wouldn’t have been eligible for arbitration until after the 2020 season, so this deal wasn’t necessary by the Mariners. It is more or less a show of good will, which is nice to see.

Update: An explanation why the Mariners went out of their way to give Gonzales a raise, via Heyman: