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2/21/1983 (34 y, 4 d)
$2.6M / 1 Years (2017)
Gutierrez agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (2/10/2017)
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Year in Review:
The Mariners acquired Gutierrez from the Indians in a three-way deal that sent J.J. Putz to the Mets. After having his defensive talents wasted in right field, the Mariners moved Gutierrez to center field and gave him the task of chasing down fly balls in spacious Safeco Field. Even though he was known as a defensive specialist, Gutierrez showed that he was worthy of fantasy consideration, as well. He hit .283/.339/.425 with 18 homers and 16 steals last year, driving in 70 runs and scoring 85. Gutierrez was almost an automatic play against lefties, hitting .335 with an OPS of .963.
The Year Ahead:
Gutierrez’s previous career high in home runs was 13, with a .268 career average, which will cause some owners to devalue his breakout season. Don’t let it be you. This was the first year in which he was given a real chance to strut his stuff, getting 629 plate appearances in Seattle. For someone with the kind of speed Gutierrez has, he could steal more than the 16 bases he swiped last year if he commits to running on a more regular basis. There is no guarantee the offense around Gutierrez will be good, but he still managed to score and drive in runs on a bad offensive club in ’09, so it’s hard to imagine him not doing it again. Don’t make him your first outfielder off the board, but he will make a solid third outfielder or back-up this season. (Zach Sanders)
Once seen as a potential five tool prospect while coming up through the Dodgers farm system, Gutierrez has settled into the role of defensive specialist. His glove – widely regarded as among the best in the game – keeps him in the line-up every day, but his offense has never developed as hoped. His power is consistent at best, and while he did steal 25 bases last year, that matched the totals he had accumulated in the prior two seasons combined. He’s not a burner with great stolen base potential, but he’ll swipe enough bags to hold some fantasy value, and his defense is good enough to essentially ensure regular playing time. If you need some cheap steals, he’s a decent option, but the idea that he could be a 30-30 guy is mostly out the window at this point. Don’t pay for too much upside here. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
A decent source of steals, but not much else unless your league uses UZR as a category.
Franklin Gutierrez was a big part of the "feel good" Mariners of 2009, where defense apparently ruled. Advanced metrics confirmed what scouts had always said about Gutierrez -- he was an absolute monster in the field despite questions about his bat. In 2010 his batting average on balls in play regressed and his power fell, as well, as he dropped about to the expected offensive levels. In 2011, as stomach problem kept him out the first part of the season, and when he returned, his bat was so bad that Alcides Escobar is rumored to have emailed him hitting advice. Gutierrez can probably "bounce back" to hit .250/.300/.370, and maybe there are some very deep leagues where that is useful. But remember, whatever surplus value he has at this point is bound up in his glove, which won't make a lick of difference in most fantasy leagues. (Matt Klaasen)
The Quick Opinion:
Expect Frankllin Gutierrez to be a fantasy monster, if healthy, in 2012. Wait, your league doesn't count defense? My bad.
Franklin Gutierrez’s career has played out like a bad episode of House. Last year it was a pectoral tear, followed by a concussion, followed by a groin pull that ended his season. He mixed in some sort of stomach issues for good measure. We’re simply never going to know what could have been for the defensive genius, as the sheer variety of his injuries have prevented him from making any progress as a hitter since his 2009 breakout season. He’ll be back in 2013 to handle center field when he can, though one wonders how long the leash will be this year with a capable center fielder in left (Michael Saunders) and plenty of spare pieces to push into the corner outfield positions. Don’t draft him, but do keep an eye on him; if he’s healthy in spring training and starts the season hitting like 2012 and not 2011, he has the potential for double-digit home runs and steals. There’s also a chance he develops lupus.(Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite everything that’s happened, Franklin Gutierrez is the starting center fielder for the Seattle Mariners. This exact moment. On December 16. Unless he fell down an elevator shaft this morning.
Franklin Gutierrez may be one of the five most snake-bitten players in major league history, simply because he may have well been bitten by a rattlesnake. Guti has gone through myriad injuries, but even worse than the maladies themselves is the weird problem that keeps from coming back from those injuries with any haste. The last time has was truly healthy, Death To Flying Things hit .264/.321/.394 in 305 games with the Mariners. He also contributed 30 homers and 41 steals in those two years, and was a fringe outfielder in standard leagues, mainly during his 2009 breakout. Gutierrez is over 30 years old now, so odds are he won’t be figuring out how to stay healthy any time soon. Expect Guti to end up back in Seattle and play a little bit before succumbing to a minor injury that keeps him out for the remainder of the season, leaving little reason to put the former Gold Glove winner on your radar. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Franklin Gutierrez is going to have to retire from baseball pretty soon if he can’t get healthy. Seeing as he wasn’t particularly fantasy dominant when he was actually on the field, don’t waste your printer’s ink by including him on your board.
Formerly a defensive superstar known best as Death To Flying Things, Franklin Gutierrez’s career has taken quite the turn. After gastrointestinal ailments derailed his career from 2011-2013, Guti took 2014 off, but came back to baseball in 2015 and was able to stay relatively healthy in his age-32 season. After gaining strength in Triple-A, Gutierrez served as a backup and platoon outfielder, a role in which he was able to thrive. Guti hit 15 homers in less than 200 plate appearances, playing primarily left field due to his comparatively limited mobility. This surge of power is not unheard of from the right-hander, as he hit 10 homers in 151 plate appearances during the 2013 season, but this level of pop is ultimately unsustainable; only the league’s best power hitters crank their fly balls out of the park at the rate Guti has over his past two seasons. Since he can’t handle a full time workload any more, Guti is nothing but a daily fantasy play against lefties at this point, especially away from Safeco Field. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
One of the better defensive center fielders you’ve ever seen, stomach and gastrointestinal issues have turned Franklin Gutierrez into a platoon corner outfielder whose only use is in daily fantasy lineups.
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