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Franklin Gutierrez | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.
Gutierrez was released and quickly re-signed, which allows the Mariners to avoid paying a $100,000 retention bonus. The 32-year-old outfielder didn't play at all last season due to health issues and was limited this spring with a groin issue. However, he was likely ticketed for Triple-A all along. Mar 31 - 2:54 PM

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Franklin Gutierrez is still bothered by a tight right groin.

"Did not run the bases well yesterday," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday. Gutierrez, of course, has a long injury history and is a poor bet to stay on the field for a prolonged period. It's not clear at this point how long this ailment might sideline him.
Mar 13 - 12:12 PM

Franklin Gutierrez had to leave Saturday's game due to a tight right groin.

And so it begins. Gutierrez will rest for a few days before hopefully returning to action. The outfielder sat out the entire 2014 campaign after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and hasn't played 100 games in a season since 2010 due to a variety of injuries.
Mar 8 - 11:37 AM

Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gutierrez missed the entire 2014 campaign after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and hasn't played 100 games in a season since 2010 due to a variety of injuries. He's healthy now, though, and the M's are willing to give him a shot in big league camp this spring. Gutierrez used to be an elite defender and wasn't a slouch with the bat, but he's nearly 32 now and obviously can't be counted on to stay healthy.
Jan 26 - 7:29 PM

Mariners assistant general manager Jeff Kingston indicated that the club is still talking to free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez about a return to the team.

The oft-injured outfielder missed the entire 2014 season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Once considered one of the truly elite defenders in the league, Gutierrez would have to settle for a minor league deal and attempt to earn his spot on the M's roster.
Jan 24 - 9:14 AM

Mariners activated OF Franklin Gutierrez from the restricted list.

Gutierrez sat out the season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's been working out and is feeling better, though, and the outfielder plans to return in 2015. He'll just have to do it on a minor league pact.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:19:00 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that the club will considering re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

Gutierrez didn't play at all this season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues but isn't ready to call it a career. "He’s in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We’re going to talk to him and we’ll see what happens," Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We’ll have to see where it’s at, but he’s spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 09:38:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez on Friday reiterated his desire to return to playing next season.

Gutierrez decided in February to take all of the 2014 season off as he focuses on his health. The outfielder averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues and over the winter was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He'll turn 32 next February and will surely have to settle for a minor league deal next offseason.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list.

Gutierrez was diagnosed this winter with ankylosing spondylitis and also had a recurrence recently of the gastrointestinal issues that plagued him throughout the 2013 season. He is not going to play baseball in 2014 and will instead focus on his personal health. The move Thursday cleared a 40-man roster spot for new Mariners closer Fernando Rodney.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez said he's "feeling good" since taking medication following a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis.

Gutierrez has dealt with joint pain for a long time and now knows why. "When I say I’m feeling good, it’s because, well, everybody knows what I have right now," he said. "It was very important for me to find out what I had, so now I have to try to manage this." It's certainly good news that Gutierrez will be able to combat his joint pain now, but he remains a major injury risk going forward. The Mariners hope he can stay healthy enough to be used regularly against left-handed pitchers in 2014.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 10:39:00 AM

Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $1 million contract.

It's a big pay cut for the 30-year-old outfielder, who made $7 million in 2013 but appeared in just 41 games. He's as injury-prone as it gets but the Mariners will hope to use him regularly against left-handed pitchers in 2014. Gutierrez is doubtful to carry fantasy value.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 05:28:00 PM

ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas reports that the Mariners will re-sign Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $1 million contract.

He could potentially earn an additional $2 million in incentives. Gutierrez slashed a disappointing .248/.273/.503 in 141 plate appearances this past season, losing time to a pair of hamstring injuries. The last time Seattle signed Gutierrez, they were announcing a four-year, $20.5 million extension upon completion of his stellar 2009 campaign. Injuries have eroded the veteran's production to the point that Seattle opted to decline his $7.5 million option last month and bring him back on a huge discount. If Gutierrez remains healthy -- and, to be fair, the odds aren't great -- this contract is a steal. Gutierrez has averaged just 57 games played over the last three seasons, but he's still a superb defensive center fielder who is a pain for southpaws to deal with in the batter's box.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:30:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are close to re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract.

It will be a major league contract. Morosi notes that the M's "have been encouraged" by recent reports on Gutierrez's health and are in need of a right-handed bat. Gutierrez has averaged just 57 games played over the last three seasons due to injury, but when he's healthy he's a good defensive center fielder and can hit left-handed pitching.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 10:55:00 PM

Giants vice president Bobby Evans said "ideally we'd like to get something done," on Wednesday with a left fielder.

San Francisco currently has Gregor Blanco penciled in as their starting left fielder, so something has to give. Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that the Giants are interested in free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. The 31-year-old played in just 173 of the Mariners' 486 games over the past three seasons due to injury. He's brittle and not a game-changer on offense, but Gutierrez would come cheap and is an elite defender.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 07:44:00 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Greg Johns of MLB.com Tuesday that he's had conversations with Franklin Gutierrez.

The Mariners declined a $7 million club option on the oft-injured Gutierrez last month, but they're considering bringing him back at a lesser rate. It would surely only take a one-year, incentive-laden deal to bring him back. Gutierrez, 31, played in just 173 of the Mariners' 486 games over the past three seasons due to injury.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 08:21:00 PM

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