SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that free agent OF Franklin Gutierrez has re-signed with the Mariners. A corresponding roster move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster will be announced later this afternoon.
Gutierrez became a free agent when the Mariners declined his 2014 club option on November 1st.
Gutierrez, 30, batted .248 with 7 doubles and 10 home runs in 41 games last season. He missed 106 games in two DL stints with a strained right hamstring, April 23-June 21 & June 25-Aug. 25. He reached double-digits in home runs (10) for the first time since 2010, despite appearing in only 41 games. He averaged 14.50 at-bats per home run, the 6th-best ratio in the Majors by players who hit 10 or more home runs.
He appeared in 478 games for the Mariners from 2009-2013. He battled injuries over the last three seasons appearing in only 173 of 486 team games, making 6 separate trips to the disabled list. He was a Gold Glove winner in 2010.