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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/2/18: Carson Smith, Marco Gonzales, and a really Hot Duck

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Divisional Round - Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox - Game Three
How did this lead to so many injuries? We’ll never know.
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Good tidings to you all this Friday, the first of its kind in November. It’s decision day for many options around the league, so there will be plenty to keep an eye on for as we head towards free agency. We’re at the point where every day has at least some interesting tidbits, and it’s shaping up like this offseason could be a slightly more interesting one than last year’s grind.

In Mariners news...

  • In case you missed our blurb yesterday, Marco Gonzales received a unique extension, awarding him 2 years and $1.9 million for the next two seasons, after which he will enter arbitration as scheduled. The deal was effectively a settlement to resolve a grievance Gonzales had filed while a member of the Cardinals organization, wherein St. Louis had arguably used advance knowledge of his injury to deny Gonzales both MLB pay and service time.
  • In other roster news, Erasmo Ramirez appears destined to become a free agent. Unsurprisingly, Seattle was unlikely to match the ~$4-5 million Ramirez would’ve commanded in arbitration.
  • Seattle also made a number of promotions within their front office. Among the many moves, Justin Hollander joins Jeff Kingston in the role of Assistant GM.
  • Brendan Gawlowski looked at a middle path for the Mariners, involving an exchange of shortstops and a wait-and-see approach. ($)
  • In case you missed it, single game M’s tickets will go on sale November 17th, and at least a few special event nights have been announced. Lou-Au, anyone?
  • The Tacoma Rainiers offered a tribute to Willie McCovey, who once played for the Rainiers when they were a Giants affiliate:
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John’s Friday Pick

Friday’s are for the birds. Anyways I hope you all find the hot duck you deserve.