Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 5 days ago

Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Saturday at the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez's second blast of the year gave the Mariners three insurance runs in a game they'd win by shutout. This was his first multi-hit game of the season, and in 55 at-bats he's slashing .200/.308/.345.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Gutierrez went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's 6-4 victory over the Rays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran outfielder left the park for the first time in 2016 with a first-inning, two-run shot off Drew Smyly that opened the scoring. Gutierrez has reached base safely in the last four games he's appeared in, but is struggling to make much impactful contact. He's slashing .209/.340/.326 over 43 at-bats this season, with only three extra-base hits to his credit.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Gutierrez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the Mariners' win over Oakland on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He continues to play regularly against lefties, but Gutierrez has struggled to match his excellent 2015 output to this point. With a .206/.333/.265 line this season, Gutierrez will need to pick up his production in order to avoid falling in the batting order at the expense of Dae-ho Lee.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Gutierrez (illness) is back with the Mariners on Thursday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Though he won't return to spring games any sooner than Friday, Gutierrez should still have more than enough time to get back to full strength before Opening Day. While still expected to platoon with Seth Smith in right field, Gutierrez has made a nice case for some extra at-bats by homering four times in just 20 plate appearances this spring.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Gutierrez (illness) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup, Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Dutton notes that Gutierrez was likely scratched due to the same illness that kept him out of the lineup Monday, but the team did not give him an official injury designation. Steve Clevenger will fill in for Gutierrez as the designated hitter Wednesday while Gutierrez's next chance to get into a game will come Thursday against the Rockies.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Gutierrez will not play in Monday's spring game due to an illness, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez has been sidelined since Friday by the illness, but he nearly played Monday, so he figures to return to the lineup in the next day or two. He is seeing the ball well this spring, going 7-for-18 (.389) with four home runs and seven RBI in eight games.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Gutierrez hit his fourth home run Friday as he continues to have a strong spring training.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez is 7-for-18 (.389) this spring. He'll platoon in right field with Seth Smith this season. The Mariners would rather not have him play center field because keeping him healthy is the top priority. But it's possible he could play their on occasion as the team doesn't have a true CF backup to Leonys Martin.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 3 months ago

Gutierrez may not play center field this spring, as the team's top priority is to keep him healthy, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 33-year-old played 35 games in left field, two games in right field and six games at DH last year, and while his excellent outfield defense may tempt the Mariners to try him in center, his inability to stay healthy in recent seasons could lead them to keep him at less demanding defensive positions. He should enter the year as the team's fourth outfielder.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 6 months ago

Gutierrez signed a one-year, major league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After missing all of 2014 with gastrointestinal issues and spending three months in the minors to open 2015, Gutierrez went on to bat .292/.354/.620 with 15 homers in just 59 games with Seattle. He did almost as much damage against right-handed pitching as he did against lefties, but Gutierrez still has a .658 career OPS against right-handed pitching, so he may be limited to a platoon role in left field to begin 2016.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 8 months ago

Gutierrez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez has recorded a hit in six straight games, but he will get a night off in order to open up a spot in the lineup for another left-handed hitter -- Logan Morrison, indirectly -- against Royals starter Johnny Cueto.