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FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ INFORMS CLUB HE DOES NOT PLAN TO PLAY IN 2014

FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ INFORMS CLUB HE DOES NOT PLAN TO PLAY IN 2014

PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has informed the club that he will not be reporting to spring training, and does not plan to play Major League Baseball during the 2014 season.

Gutierrez told the team that he has suffered a relapse of many of the symptoms he struggled with last spring, and does not believe it is fair to the team to come to camp if he is unable to compete due to health reasons. Instead he will spend the upcoming season focusing on getting fully healthy.

As a result of these conversations, Gutierrez has been placed on the restricted list, and removed from the Mariners 40-man roster.

Gutierrez, 30, re-signed with the Mariners as a free agent on Dec. 18, 2013, agreeing to a one-year contract.

He batted .248 with 7 doubles and 10 home runs in 41 games with Seattle 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.

 

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