The Extra Innings podcast returns to break down the most recent Mariners news — the four-year, $30 million contract extension given to left-hander Marco Gonzales. Seattle effectively bought out Gonzales’ three years of arbitration and his first year of free agency with a $15 million option for a fifth year.
- Why did the Mariners do it?
- Did Gonzales cost himself money?
- Why does this deal make sense for both parties?
Times beat writer Ryan Divish and columnist Larry Stone discuss all those things and more.
From there, the conversation turns to the starting rotation and the possibility of signing Taijuan Walker, which is something the Mariners are very interested in getting done. They have an offer on the table to Walker, who is still weighing his market and offers from other teams.
Of course, the major trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the ramifications was a topic that had to be debated. The conversation ends with some quick dining and drinking options for folks heading to spring training.
Wrapping up this podcast is the audio from the Gonzales press conference on Tuesday. It includes general manager Jerry Dipoto and Gonzales comments to reporters on and off the dais.