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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:

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.