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Franklin Gutierrez close to returning to Mariners

Dec 17, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi has the exclusive report …

Gutierrez batted .248 with a .278 on-base percentage in 151 plate appearances this past year with Seattle and has played in just 81 total games since the start of the 2012 campaign, but the Mariners wanted a right-handed-hitting backup outfielder and the price should be cheap. Gutierrez hit .283/.339/.425 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI in 629 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2009 — his first year with the club — but it’s been mostly downhill from there, largely due to injuries. He will serve as depth at all three outfield spots.

  1. dnn92202 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    If the M’s do this deal, it would delete every good deal they did with Cano and Hart. This is stupid, why give a guy money to sit in the dl. Just flush that money down the toilet. I will not be attending Safeco until Howard Lincoln is gone.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Well… it’s hard to argue with the Lincoln sentiment…. but depending on how much Gutierrez will make, it’s not the worst signing.

  2. denny65 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Answering a ‘phone call from his agent with news of this possible contract offer, Gutierrez strained his left oblique and will be out for four-six months.

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