2020 will be Gonzales' third full season with the Mariners, this after getting traded to Seattle from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017. He then signed a two-year contract to stay with the M's, and is now expected to earn $1 million this season, as the entire contract was worth $1.9 million. He quickly earned a raise this past season, posting a 3.99 ERA in 2019, which was the lowest of his career. He started Opening Day last April for the Mariners, is expected to do the same this April, and for numerous years in the near future.
Gonzales finished 2019 ranked fifth with 16 wins, while tying for the American League lead with 34 starts overall. The 27-year-old also set career highs in innings pitched, starts, and strikeouts. The Mariners are hoping he will be able to lead their organization out of this current rebuild, with a turnaround not expected until at least 2021. For now, it may continue to be a struggle for a team that won just 68 games in 2019.