Seattle Mariners rumors have the team re-signing Franklin Gutierrez. These Mariners rumors show that the team still finds value in Gutierrez, even though he has gone through many injuries in the last three seasons. A report from early Wednesday (Dec. 18) on CBS confirms that the two sides have agreed to a one-year contract. That base value is $1 million, showing the team isn't investing a lot of money in him just yet.
The new deal for the free agent outfielder is reportedly incentive-laden, forcing him to likely put up good numbers and plays in a certain number of games for the value to go up. The team had already declined a $7.5 million club option for the 2014 MLB season, so the new deal is much more affordable than that.
It might shock some fans that these Seattle Mariners rumors have been confirmed by the team. With the signing of Corey Hart and the trade for Logan Morrison, the roster is already packed with outfielders. It also includes Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders, so it will be very interesting to see if the front office is about to make a trade or two to free up a spot. That doesn't even cover how the team would potentially fit Nelson Cruz or Shin-Soo Choo into the mix.
Last year he only managed to post 145 at-bats during another injured-filled season. Franklin Gutierrez had a .248 batting average, 10 home runs, and 24 RBIs to show for it. Where he excels is on defense, making him an ideal center fielder for the team if he can start putting up good numbers at the plate again.
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