Mariners notebook: Marco Gonzales reportedly gets raise for next 2 years
The Mariners locked up a player Thursday afternoon that was already locked up, agreeing to a two-year, $1.9 million contract with Marco Gonzales, according to Jon Heyman.
Gonzales, who just completed his first big league season and is under club control through 2023, will reportedly make $900,000 in 2019 and $1 million in 2020. The team has yet to confirm the deal.
As a pre-arbitration player, per the current collective bargaining agreement Gonzales was scheduled to make $555,000 in 2019, then that plus a cost of living adjustment in 2020.
It is a curious move as it is not often you see only pre-arbitration years bought out, but according to a later report from Heyman the deal puts to rest a grievance Gonzales had filed against his previous team, the St. Louis Cardinals, regarding the timing of a roster move and service time. It appears Gonzales did not accumulate service time while on the disabled list in 2016, which bumped his first year of arbitration eligibility from 2020 to 2021. Gonzales has agreed to drop the grievance in exchange for the new deal, which will give him a greater salary the next two years while keeping his first year of arbitration eligibility at 2021 and club control through 2023.
Gonzales, who was acquired from the Cardinals in 2017, made 29 appearances last season for the Mariners, putting up a 4.00 ERA while accumulating 2.5 WAR.
Front office promotions
The Mariners announced a number of front office promotions Thursday. Justin Hollander, who joined the Mariners in 2016 as Director of Baseball Operations, now takes the title of Assistant General Manager, while Leslie Manning has been named Assistant Director, Player Development.
Ten other moves were announced, including:
• Emanuel Sifuentes has been promoted to Player Personnel Manager from Coordinator, Video Advanced Scouting.
• Joel Firman has been promoted to Manager, Analytics from Analyst.
• Tim Stanton has been promoted to Manager, Baseball Operations from Coordinator, Amateur Scouting.
• David Hesslink has been promoted to Coordinator, Baseball Operations from Assistant, Baseball Operations.
• Andrew Herrera has been promoted to Coordinator of Scouting from Assistant, Baseball Operations.
• Ty Bowman has been promoted to Asst. Coordinator of Scouting from Midwest area scout.
• Frankie Piliere has been promoted to Coordinator of Advanced Scouting from the Mariners Scout Development Program.
• Skylar Shibayama has been promoted to Asst. Advanced Scout from analytics intern.
• Ben Aronow has been promoted to Analyst from analytics intern.
• Forrest Diamond has been promoted to Analyst from analytics intern.
2019 tickets on-sale date set
The team announced that single-game tickets will go on sale Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available with no service charge at all Seattle Mariners team stores. Fans may also purchase tickets at Mariners.com/Tickets or by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS.