Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 4 Days

Gutierrez, who missed all last season, has an arthritic condition that affects his hips and lower body, the Seattle Times reports.

The condition, ankylosing spondylitis, is responsible for the numerous injuries and illnesses Gutierrez dealt with the last few years. Gutierrez has not played a full season since 2010. Neither the Mariners nor Gutierrez has any expectations for this season. Best-case scenario seems to be he goes to Triple-A, proves he can still play and hopes for a callup.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 1 Month

Gutierrez signed a minor league deal, which includes a major league spring training invite, with the Mariners on Monday, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Gutierrez played five years in Seattle from 2009-13 but sat out all of last season due to a gastrointestinal illness that had plagued him in previous years. The 31-year-old will attempt to work his way back to the major leagues, but he'll likely begin the year at Triple-A if he's unable to crack to initial 40-man roster. In 2013, Gutierrez hit .248 with 24 RBI and 10 home runs in 145 MLB at-bats.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 11 Months

Franklin Gutierrez on Friday reiterated his desire to return to playing next season.

Gutierrez decided in February to take all of the 2014 season off as he focuses on his health. The outfielder averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues and over the winter was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He'll turn 32 next February and will surely have to settle for a minor league deal next offseason.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Nov 24 '79

Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list.

Gutierrez was diagnosed this winter with ankylosing spondylitis and also had a recurrence recently of the gastro-intenstinal issues that plagued him throughout the 2013 season. He is not going to play baseball in 2014 and will instead focus on his personal health. The move Thursday cleared a 40-man roster spot for new Mariners closer Fernando Rodney.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Sep 30 '79

Franklin Gutierrez said he's "feeling good" since taking medication following a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis.

Gutierrez has dealt with joint pain for a long time and now knows why. "When I say I'm feeling good, it's because, well, everybody knows what I have right now," he said. "It was very important for me to find out what I had, so now I have to try to manage this." It's certainly good news that Gutierrez will be able to combat his joint pain now, but he remains a major injury risk going forward. The Mariners hope he can stay healthy enough to be used regularly against left-handed pitchers in 2014.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Sep 28 '79

Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $1 million contract.

It's a big pay cut for the 30-year-old outfielder, who made $7 million in 2013 but appeared in just 41 games. He's as injury-prone as it gets but the Mariners will hope to use him regularly against left-handers in 2014. Gutierrez is doubtful to carry fantasy value.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Sep 28 '79

ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas reports that the Mariners will re-sign Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $1 million contract.

He could potentially earn an additional $2 million in incentives. Gutierrez slashed a disappointing .248/.273/.503 in 141 plate appearances this past season, losing time to a pair of hamstring injuries. The last time Seattle signed Gutierrez, they were announcing a four-year, $20.5 million extension upon completion of his stellar 2009 campaign (.283/.339/.425 with 18 homers, 16 stolen bases and outstanding defense). Injuries have eroded the veteran's production to the point that Seattle opted to decline his $7.5 million option last month and bring him back on a huge discount. If Gutierrez remains healthy -- and, to be fair, the odds aren't great -- this contract is a steal. Gutierrez has averaged just 57 games played over the last three seasons, but he's still a superb defensive center fielder who is a pain for southpaws to deal with in the batter's box.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Sep 28 '79

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are close to re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract.

It will be a major league contract. Morosi notes that the M's "have been encouraged" by recent reports on Gutierrez's health and are in need of a right-handed bat. Gutierrez has averaged just 57 games played over the last three seasons due to injury, but when he's healthy he's a good defensive center fielder and can hit left-handed pitching.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Sep 22 '79

Giants vice president Bobby Evans said "ideally we'd like to get something done," on Wednesday with a left fielder.

San Francisco currently has Gregor Blanco penciled in as their starting left fielder, so something has to give. Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that the Giants are interested in free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. The 31-year-old played in just 173 of the Mariners' 486 games over the past three seasons due to injury. He's brittle and not a game-changer on offense, but Gutierrez would come cheap and is an elite defender.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA Sep 21 '79

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Greg Johns of Tuesday that he's had conversations with Franklin Gutierrez.

The Mariners declined a $7 million club option on the oft-injured Gutierrez last month, but they're considering bringing him back at a lesser rate. It would surely only take a one-year, incentive-laden deal to bring him back. Gutierrez, 31, played in just 173 of the Mariners' 486 games over the past three seasons due to injury.