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Kyle Seager expected to be out through April following surgery on left hand

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MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is expected to be out through April following surgery to repair an injured tendon in his left hand. Seager suffered the injury diving for a ball during Friday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs.

Seager, 31, was hoping for a bounce-back year after a rough 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 630 plate appearances. This year will mark Seager’s first season in which he won’t play in at least 154 games since his rookie season in 2011.

Seager said of his injury, “It sucks, but we’ll deal with it and get through it.”

Ryon Healy will likely draw the majority of the starts at third base in Seager’s absence. Healy has spent over 900 defensive innings at third base in his major league career, but his defense leaves much to be desired.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.