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The Mariners to sign Gutierrez to a four-year extension

Jan 5, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

Busy day in Seattle.

Dave Cameron, backed up by Francisco Blavia, tweets that the Mariners are on the verge of signing the arbitration-eligible Franklin Gutierrez to a four-year extension valued at $20.5 million. (UPDATE: Rosenthal now confirms it).

In addition to solidifying the M’s centerfield for some time, it means that Dustin Ackley — who was drafted as a centerfielder and played there during the Arizona Fall League — is most definitely moving to second base. Of course, he played first base before being drafted, so maybe he goes there once Kotchman’s race has run in Seattle. He doesn’t have the power of your typical first baseman, but then again, neither does Kotchman.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 5, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Big Jack Z is having himself quite an offseason, Milton Bradley risks notwithstanding.

  2. Ryan - Jan 5, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    LOL. Simply moving Carlos Silva is worth a GM of the year award.

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