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Franklin Gutierrez | Outfielder | #21

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Franklin Gutierrez is in the Mariners starting lineup on Opening Day, batting sixth and serving as the designated hitter.
Here's how the rest of the Mariners will line up when Scott Servais' squad takes on Cole Hamels and the Rangers on Monday: Nori Aoki LF, Ketel Marte SS, Robinson Cano 2B, Nelson Cruz RF, Kyle Seager 3B, Franklin Gutierrez DH, Adam Lind 1B, Chris Iannetta C, Leonys Martin CF. Apr 3 - 5:35 PM

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Franklin Gutierrez (flu) was back in Mariners camp Thursday.

But he won't play in a Cactus League game for another day or two as he gets past the flu. Gutierrez has been raking this spring and could offer legitimate production this season if he is able to stay on the field.
Mar 24 - 12:32 PM

Franklin Gutierrez was scratched again Wednesday because of the flu.

But it sounds like he is just about over the illness. Gutierrez has slugged four home runs in eight games this spring and should be an active member of the Mariners' outfield mix this season if he can manage to stay healthy. He slugged 15 homers in just 189 plate appearances last year.
Mar 23 - 6:18 PM

Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from the Mariners' Cactus League game Monday due to the flu.

Gutierrez should be fine in a day or two. The veteran outfielder has slugged four home runs in just eight games this spring, picking up where he left off in 2015. If he can somehow manage to stay healthy, he will be a very useful piece for the Mariners this season.
Mar 21 - 11:29 AM

Franklin Gutierrez launched his fourth home run of the spring Friday against the Rangers.

Picking up from where he left off last season. Gutierrez was a forgotten man a year ago after a multitude of physical issues, but he socked 15 home runs in just 189 plate appearances. His injury history makes him a huge wild card, but he’s expected to go into the season as part of a platoon with Seth Smith in right field.
Mar 18 - 7:49 PM

Franklin Gutierrez singled and smashed his third home run of Cactus League play in Monday's loss to the Rockies.

The longball came in the sixth inning off of Eddie Butler. Gutierrez's surprise resurgence last season has carried over into this spring, as he's currently sporting an absurd 1.731 OPS. He'll play regularly against southpaws this season.
Mar 14 - 8:38 PM

Franklin Gutierrez had an RBI double, a walk, and a run scored in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Giants.

Gutierrez, who already has two homers this spring, continues to produce in Cactus League action. The 33-year-old made an impressive comeback last season and surprised with 15 home runs and a .974 OPS. He’s slated to platoon with Seth Smith in right field this season, though upside could be limited in fantasy leagues if he’s mostly getting at-bats against left-handers.
Mar 11 - 5:43 PM

Franklin Gutierrez and Seth Smith are expected to platoon in right field this season.

Leonys Martin is locked in at center field while newcomer Nori Aoki is slated to begin the year in left. Gutierrez produced new career highs in batting average (.292) and slugging percentage (.630) last season, though it was a fairly sample size (171 at-bats). It makes sense for Gutierrez to play against left-handers with Smith getting most of the starts versus righties.
Feb 17 - 10:29 AM

Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

He can earn $4.25 million more in incentives. Gutierrez made a surprising comeback in 2015, hitting .292/.354/.620 with 15 homers and 35 RBI over 171 at-bats. Those numbers are inflated by the small sample size, but the 15 homers are the second-most the 32-year-old outfielder has hit in his career. He did not play at all in 2014 and appeared in a total of 81 games between 2012-2013.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 06:18:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez (groin) struck out in his lone at-bat as a pinch hitter on Friday.

The oft-injured outfielder is tentatively scheduled to return to the Mariners starting lineup on Saturday, provided that he feels up to it. He's hitting an impressive .311/.361/.636 with 11 bombs in limited action this year.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Franklin Gutierrez (groin) has been cleared to pinch-hit and could rejoin the Mariners starting lineup as soon as Saturday.

The groin injury is a by-product of the ankylosing spondylitis that has plagued the outfielder the past few seasons. He has done a tremendous job in limited duty for the M's this season, slashing .313/.364/.641 with 11 home runs in 45 games.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 07:50:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez's groin injury stems from his chronic joint issue that he's battled the last few seasons.

The ailment had previously been described as a strained right groin muscle, but it's actually related to his ankylosing spondylitis condition. He hasn't played since last Friday and remains day-to-day. Gutierrez has been a nice surprise this season with a .313/.364/.641 batting line and 11 homers over 45 games.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 10:20:00 AM

Franklin Gutierrez (groin) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

Gutierrez has now missed two straight starts after exiting Friday's contest with a strained right groin. Given his history of leg issues, the M's will surely be careful.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 01:25:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez (groin) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Athletics.

He left Friday's game with a strained right groin and was absent from Saturday's batting practice. Shawn O'Malley will get the start in left field on Saturday. Gutierrez is day-to-day.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 06:26:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez left Friday's game because of right groin tightness.

The Mariners haven't been able to resist overusing Gutierrez of late, so it was only a matter of time until something like this happened. Fortunately, this is probably a day-to-day injury, rather than something that will sideline him for weeks.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 02:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Mayckol Guaipe