Franklin Gutierrez

#28 RF / L.A. Dodgers / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 lb Age: 34 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Despite fighting through injuries the last few seasons -- including ankylosing spondylitis, an arthritic condition of the spine or other joints -- Franklin Gutierrez has flashed the ability to look like one of the league's best hitters against left-handed pitching. Though he didn't have a .974 OPS as he did in 2015, he hovered around the top 30 in average exit velocity, per Statcast. Another eye-opener: 47 percent of his contact was of the "hard-hit" variety, per FanGraphs. His career-best 10.2 percent walk rate and stellar .280/.373/.511 slash line against southpaws led the Dodgers to kick the tires and sign him to a one-year contract. The high strikeout rates he's put up in the last three years shouldn't be ignored, which means that .292 average from two years ago looks like an outlier, no matter how hard the heavily pull-leaning hitter connects. The 33-year-old's numerous health woes have made him a below-average defensive option, which makes his undeniable skills against lefties less likely to warrant a large role throughout the season in LA.

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    • Gutierrez agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. After seven seasons with the Mariners, Gutierrez now heads to Los Angeles and further crowds the Dodgers' murky outfield picture. Gutierrez's strikeout rate shot up to 30 percent last year, but he can still draw a walk and mash lefties (.280/.373/.511 last season, .289/.351/.495 for career). The soon-to-be 34-year-old is tentatively expected to serve in a platoon role in the outfield corners to begin the 2017 campaign, starting primarily against southpaws.

    • Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez: Not in lineup Saturday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Gutierrez (eye) is not in the lineup Saturday against the A's, Greg Johns of reports. Gutierrez has been battling broken blood vessels in his eye, and he's logged just one at-bat over the last five contests. While Gutierrez will likely be available off the bench, it's unclear if he'll be utilized.

    • Gutierrez broke some blood vessels in his left eye but said he is available for Wednesday's game, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports. Divish said Gutierrez is available "if needed" Wednesday, so it sounds like he is day-to-day. He apparently broke the blood vessels while sneezing, which makes the injury all the more odd. Gutierrez typically only plays against lefties, whom he's abusing to the tune of a .287/.382/.525 slash line in 212 plate appearances this year. The Mariners aren't scheduled to face a lefty again until the final game of the season against Sean Manaea and the A's, so Gutierrez could be held out of the lineup until then.

    • Gutierrez hit his 14th home run and drove in four in a 3-for-4 game with a walk Monday against the Rangers. Gutierrez now has homers in consecutive games, with six RBI and a double as well. While he predictably hasn't replicated his absurd .620 slugging percentage in 59 games last season, his power output remains impressive when he's healthy -- he has posted a .482 slugging percentage in 87 games this year and has hit 39 home runs in 187 games since 2013.

    • Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez: Hits 12th homer Friday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Gutierrez, who has slumped at the plate most of summer, showed signs of life Friday with a solo home run, his 12th of the year, in a win at the White Sox. Gutierrez entered hitless in his last 16 at-bats. Since June 28, he's batting .182/.289/.325 with three home runs and two doubles. It's perhaps a little surprising the Mariners have not released him, but they keep going with his right-handed bat against left-handers. Friday's homer came off Chris Sale, who had allowed one home run in his last six starts.

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