Mariners finalize one-year contract with Franklin Gutierrez

The Mariners are going to roll the dice on Franklin Gutierrez in 2014.
The Mariners are going to roll the dice on Franklin Gutierrez in 2014. (USATSI)

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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.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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