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Mariners re-sign Franklin Gutierrez

Dec 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Last night the Mariners and Franklin Gutierrez were said to be close to a deal and now Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract.

According to Rojas the deal also includes $2 million in potential incentives after Gutierrez spent the past three seasons mostly on the disabled list with an assortment of injuries. This year he played just 41 games, but showed good power when healthy enough to be in the lineup and is still just 31 years old.

Gutierrez once looked capable of being one of the better all-around center fielders in the league, but at this point he looks slated for a part-time role.

  1. farvite - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    .. but he had to be placed on the DL after injuring his hand while signing his contract.

  2. dnn92202 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    This is stupid. Should have been a minor league deal since he will spend most of the year with Tacoma. Nobody will spend money to see him rehab. Bad move jack z

  3. spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Maybe I am reading too much into the recent Mariner and Rays signings, but it does offer support for a Price to Seattle deal. Loney cost the Rays plenty, their most costly FA signing ever, and a Price arbitration cost would push their 2014 salary number past where they are comfortable.

    Gutierrez and Bloomquist additions could be substitutes for Ackley and Franklin. The Rays have Lobaton available, which might be included if the Mariners were to include Zunino. But those 3 won’t be sufficient to get Price, but it might allow the Mariners to keep Walker, and include other hurlers like Paxton and most likely another valuable arm.

    • churdus - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Dear God, I hope Guti isn’t a replacement for Ackley; that would be silly.

      • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        No just as a back-up. Maybe Choo in left?

      • churdus - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I wouldn’t hate that. Although, now seeing that he rejected a 7/140 deal with Yanks, I’m not sure I’d be willing to pay him whatever Boras is asking for

      • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        If the Mariners are really “in to win in 2014” they need to make at least one more big splash, if not two. Three options: Price, Choo, or Tanaka?

      • dylanthom2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Maybe like Ichiro Tanaka would prefer SEA because of its proximity to Japan. It’s only a 9/10 hr. trip non-stop from SEA to Tokyo vs. a killer 13-14 hr. one from NY.

  4. mmason0071 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Good move at that price. He finished last year pretty healthy and hopefully can play more as a fourth OF next year. Scary thing is that he is now by far the M’s best outfielder. They don’t really have much for starters on the OF.

  5. jdillydawg - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    That’s awesome! The Mariners will now have one of the strongest DL’s in the league!

    Guti is good, but he’s got bones like glass. I can’t believe the M’s re-signed him.

    Oh wait, it’s the M’s. Yeah, I believe it.

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