The Mariners and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported a deal was in the works.
Gutierrez, 30, gives the team a much needed right-handed outfield bat. He's a career .287/.344/.474 (134 OPS+) hitter against lefties and plays outstanding defense in center field.
Injuries have been a major problems for Gutierrez in recent years. He's dealt with a serious stomach illness (2011), an oblique strain (2011), a pectoral strain (2012), a concussion (2012) and a hamstring strain (2013).
The Mariners declined a $7.5 million club option for Gutierrez a few weeks ago, so the new deal figures to come in at something less than that. The signing is unlikely to prevent the team from pursuing a bigger bat like Nelson Cruz or Shin-Soo Choo.