Colorado Rockies: A trade proposal with the Seattle Mariners
Marco Gonzales would provide the Rockies with a middle to back-end of the rotation guy after Kyle Freeland and German Marquez. Tyler Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, and Chad Bettis would figure to be in mix for the rotation as well, assuming they wouldn’t make other trades for one.
Last season was Gonzales’ first full season in the majors and he pitched pretty well. He went 13-9 with an ERA of 4.00 in 29 starts but his FIP was better than his ERA as it was 3.43. He averaged just under 8 strikeouts at 7.8 per nine innings but he also averaged only 1.7 walks per nine innings.
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His groundball percentage was 45 percent as well last season, according to Fangraphs, which is a pretty good rate. For comparison, his strikeout rate and groundball rate is extremely close to Kyle Freeland’s last year, as his strikeout rate was 7.7 per nine innings and his groundball rate was 46 percent, according to Fangraphs.
Speaking of similarities between Gonzales and Freeland, Gonzales is also a lefty like Freeland and both of them are from the Denver area. Freeland, as you probably know, is from the Denver area and has been a lifelong Rockies fan. Gonzales was born and raised in Fort Collins and graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, which is about 60 miles north of Coors Field.
The Mariners signed him to a bit more than most pitchers with one year of service time would have but he is only owed $1.9 million over the next two years before having his three years of arbitration.