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Franklin Gutierrez OFDodgers

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
325 .231 10 39 34 1 88 0.6
Birth Date2-21-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age36 years, 9 months, 18 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.82015
0.32016
-0.12017
2018
0.62019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2005 CLE 22 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 86 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
2006 CLE 23 43 141 37 9 0 1 3 28 0 0 0 .272 .288 .360 59 -6.8 1.2 -2.8 -0.5
2007 CLE 24 100 301 72 13 2 13 21 77 1 8 3 .266 .318 .472 95 -0.6 1.5 1.8 0.8
2008 CLE 25 134 440 99 26 2 8 27 87 8 9 3 .248 .307 .383 87 -6.1 2.1 18.1 2.3
2009 SEA 26 153 629 160 24 1 18 46 122 3 16 5 .283 .339 .425 105 5.9 4.2 12.2 4.2
2010 SEA 27 152 629 139 25 3 12 50 137 1 25 3 .245 .303 .363 92 -5.1 -0.7 -3.6 1.0
2011 SEA 28 92 344 72 13 0 1 16 56 1 13 2 .224 .261 .273 68 -11.9 0.9 8.3 0.8
2012 SEA 29 40 163 39 10 1 4 9 31 2 3 1 .260 .309 .420 87 -2.4 -0.5 -2.0 0.0
2013 SEA 30 41 151 36 7 0 10 5 43 0 3 1 .248 .273 .503 109 1.7 -0.5 -1.8 0.3
2015 SEA 32 59 189 50 11 0 15 14 54 3 0 0 .292 .354 .620 145 10.6 -0.7 3.6 1.8
2016 SEA 33 98 283 61 9 0 14 29 85 3 1 0 .246 .329 .452 102 1.2 1.2 -4.5 0.3
2017 LAN 34 35 63 13 3 0 1 7 16 0 0 1 .232 .317 .339 70 -2.2 0.8 -1.5 -0.1
Career9543335778150997228736227819.257.311.40894-15.79.327.810.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2002 SGA A SAL 92 408 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 LVG AAA PCL 2 11 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 VRO A+ FSL 110 474 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 JAX AA SOU 18 75 .000 .000 .000 .395 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA EAS 70 298 .000 .000 .000 .411 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUF AAA INT 7 28 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB AL 7 2 .359 .359 .744 .000 99 0 0.1 0 86 5 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2005 AKR AA EAS 95 426 .261 .329 .404 .301 100 10.1 10.5 0 100 0 -0.9 3.0 1.0 1.4
2005 BUF AAA INT 19 75 .262 .331 .415 .315 111 0.5 1.9 0.1 87 0 6.2 -0.7 -1.0 0.6
2006 CLE MLB AL 43 141 .269 .331 .435 .336 105 -7.6 4.2 -1.2 59 13 -2.8 1.2 -6.8 -0.5
2006 BUF AAA INT 90 413 .258 .329 .398 .333 100 8.6 11.2 -0.8 119 0 7.9 -1.7 8.1 2.4
2007 CLE MLB AL 100 301 .268 .333 .423 .321 99 3.4 8.9 -2.9 95 11 1.8 1.5 -0.6 0.8
2007 BUF AAA INT 30 138 .266 .336 .409 .381 99 7.6 4.1 -0.7 135 0 2.9 0.9 5.7 1.2
2008 CLE MLB AL 134 440 .262 .329 .411 .297 104 -8.7 12.7 -3.9 87 10 18.1 2.1 -6.1 2.3
2009 SEA MLB AL 153 629 .266 .330 .420 .333 98 7.3 18.1 1.6 105 10 12.2 4.2 5.9 4.2
2010 SEA MLB AL 152 629 .256 .320 .401 .297 97 -5.5 17.3 1.2 92 8 -3.6 -0.7 -5.1 1.0
2011 SEA MLB AL 92 344 .248 .309 .390 .266 92 -20.5 9.2 0.8 68 10 8.3 0.9 -11.9 0.8
2011 TAC AAA PCL 11 47 .272 .355 .427 .324 88 2.1 1.5 -0.5 95 0 -0.2 -0.6 -0.1 0.0
2012 SEA MLB AL 40 163 .252 .310 .403 .302 89 2 4.5 0.4 87 15 -2.0 -0.5 -2.4 0.0
2012 TAC AAA PCL 17 72 .269 .330 .417 .286 87 2.9 2.1 -0.5 129 0 2.3 -0.2 2.6 0.6
2012 LEO Wnt VWL 22 95 .000 .000 .000 .443 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SEA MLB AL 41 151 .244 .310 .383 .283 94 4.2 4.0 -0.7 109 16 -1.8 -0.5 1.7 0.3
2013 TAC AAA PCL 47 213 .281 .346 .434 .286 100 -9.9 6.1 -2.8 50 0 -3.0 1.1 -13.7 -1.3
2015 SEA MLB AL 59 189 .252 .313 .405 .340 102 13 5.1 -1.4 145 16 3.6 -0.7 10.6 1.8
2015 TAC AAA PCL 48 209 .279 .340 .432 .379 106 11.7 5.8 -2.2 140 0 0.4 1.2 4.9 1.0
2016 SEA MLB AL 98 283 .256 .322 .416 .309 103 4.3 8.0 -2.8 102 11 -4.5 1.2 1.2 0.3
2017 LAN MLB NL 35 63 .274 .337 .447 .308 94 -1.7 1.8 -0.3 70 11 -1.5 0.8 -2.2 -0.1
2017 RCU A+ CAL 2 7 .272 .334 .463 .400 141 1.2 0.2 0 180 0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.1
2018 LEO Wnt VWL 19 71 .288 .353 .395 .366 100 4 2.0 -0.9 97 2 0.0 -0.2 1.7 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2002 SGA A SAL 408 361 61 102 18 4 12 164 45 31 88 13 4 .283 .346 .454 .172 4 4
2002 LVG AAA PCL 11 10 2 3 2 0 0 5 2 1 4 0 0 .300 .364 .500 .200 0 0
2003 VRO A+ FSL 474 425 65 120 28 5 20 218 68 39 111 17 5 .282 .344 .513 .231 4 4
2003 JAX AA SOU 75 67 12 21 3 2 4 40 12 7 20 3 3 .313 .387 .597 .284 0 0
2004 BUF AAA INT 28 27 4 4 1 0 1 8 3 1 11 0 0 .148 .179 .296 .148 0 0
2004 AKR AA EAS 298 262 38 79 24 2 5 122 35 23 77 6 3 .302 .378 .466 .164 0 0
2005 BUF AAA INT 75 67 10 17 6 2 0 27 7 6 13 2 2 .254 .324 .403 .149 0 0
2005 CLE MLB AL 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .000 0 0
2005 AKR AA EAS 426 383 70 100 25 2 11 162 42 30 77 14 4 .261 .325 .423 .162 1 1
2006 CLE MLB AL 141 136 21 37 9 0 1 49 8 3 28 0 0 .272 .288 .360 .088 0 2
2006 BUF AAA INT 413 349 63 97 27 0 9 151 38 49 84 13 8 .278 .367 .433 .155 8 8
2007 BUF AAA INT 138 129 29 44 7 0 4 63 16 8 20 7 3 .341 .384 .488 .147 0 0
2007 CLE MLB AL 301 271 41 72 13 2 13 128 36 21 77 8 3 .266 .318 .472 .207 3 5
2008 CLE MLB AL 440 399 54 99 26 2 8 153 41 27 87 9 3 .248 .307 .383 .135 2 4
2009 SEA MLB AL 629 565 85 160 24 1 18 240 70 46 122 16 5 .283 .339 .425 .142 2 13
2010 SEA MLB AL 629 568 61 139 25 3 12 206 64 50 137 25 3 .245 .303 .363 .118 8 2
2011 TAC AAA PCL 47 40 7 11 2 2 0 17 6 6 7 0 0 .275 .362 .425 .150 1 0
2011 SEA MLB AL 344 322 26 72 13 0 1 88 19 16 56 13 2 .224 .261 .273 .050 2 3
2012 SEA MLB AL 163 150 18 39 10 1 4 63 17 9 31 3 1 .260 .309 .420 .160 1 1
2012 TAC AAA PCL 72 62 11 16 5 0 2 27 8 8 13 0 1 .258 .333 .435 .177 2 0
2012 LEO Wnt VWL 95 86 13 30 6 0 3 45 19 9 22 3 2 .349 .411 .523 .174 0 0
2013 TAC AAA PCL 213 194 27 41 16 0 3 66 25 15 60 4 2 .211 .272 .340 .129 2 0
2013 SEA MLB AL 151 145 18 36 7 0 10 73 24 5 43 3 1 .248 .273 .503 .255 0 1
2015 SEA MLB AL 189 171 27 50 11 0 15 106 35 14 54 0 0 .292 .354 .620 .327 1 0
2015 TAC AAA PCL 209 180 34 57 12 0 7 90 31 23 43 2 0 .317 .402 .500 .183 2 0
2016 SEA MLB AL 283 248 33 61 9 0 14 112 39 29 85 1 0 .246 .329 .452 .206 3 0
2017 RCU A+ CAL 7 6 2 3 0 0 1 6 3 1 0 0 0 .500 .571 1.000 .500 0 0
2017 LAN MLB NL 63 56 8 13 3 0 1 19 8 7 16 0 1 .232 .317 .339 .107 0 0
2018 LEO Wnt VWL 71 62 4 17 3 0 2 26 10 9 19 0 1 .274 .366 .419 .145 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1781 0.5211 0.4149 0.7794 0.5722 0.2438 0.8588 0.5769 0.2206 -0.0004
2009 2509 0.5305 0.4049 0.7874 0.5409 0.2513 0.8778 0.5676 0.2126 0.0104
2010 2617 0.5189 0.4199 0.7507 0.5560 0.2732 0.8278 0.5814 0.2493 -0.0024
2011 1359 0.5004 0.4636 0.7905 0.6265 0.3004 0.8615 0.6422 0.2095 0.0036
2012 643 0.5179 0.4432 0.7684 0.6156 0.2581 0.8488 0.5625 0.2316 0.0047
2013 625 0.4992 0.4800 0.7000 0.6346 0.3259 0.7828 0.5392 0.3000 0.0048
2015 836 0.4581 0.4222 0.6969 0.6084 0.2649 0.7682 0.5583 0.3031 0.0062
2016 1243 0.4513 0.4191 0.6718 0.5989 0.2713 0.7768 0.4811 0.3282 0.0000
2017 263 0.4601 0.4525 0.6639 0.6198 0.3099 0.7467 0.5227 0.3361 0.0000
Career118760.50580.42620.75160.58030.26930.83430.56810.24840.0030

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-12-20 2013-12-20 Off 0 0 - Back Other Ankylosing Spondylitis - -
2013-06-24 2013-08-26 15-DL 63 52 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-04-23 2013-06-22 60-DL 60 54 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-04-13 2013-04-16 DTD 3 2 Left Groin Tightness - -
2013-03-11 2013-03-17 Camp 6 0 - Soreness - -
2012-10-01 2012-10-04 DTD 3 3 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-09-28 2012-09-29 DTD 1 1 - Neck Soreness Crashed Into Wall - -
2012-09-05 2012-09-07 DTD 2 1 - Groin Tightness - -
2012-06-29 2012-08-27 15-DL 59 50 - Head Concussion Pickoff Throw - -
2012-04-27 2012-04-27 On-Alr 0 0 - Foot Plantar Fasciitis - -
2012-03-24 2012-06-13 15-DL 81 63 Right Chest Recovery From Strain Pectoral Muscle - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-27 Camp 28 0 Right Chest Strain Pectoral Muscle - -
2011-09-05 2011-09-29 60-DL 24 23 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-03-22 2011-05-18 15-DL 57 41 General Medical Illness GI -
2011-02-24 2011-03-01 Camp 5 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2010-09-20 2010-09-23 DTD 3 2 General Medical Illness GI -
2010-09-04 2010-09-06 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-06-30 2010-06-30 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2010-05-12 2010-05-14 DTD 2 2 Low Back Spasms -
2010-04-19 2010-04-19 DTD 0 0 Groin Tightness -
2010-03-01 2010-03-08 Camp 7 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-07-22 2009-07-24 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Contusion -
2009-06-11 2009-06-14 DTD 3 3 Left Knee Contusion -
2008-09-21 2008-09-23 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness -
2008-05-28 2008-05-30 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Contusion HBP -
2007-07-19 2007-07-19 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2007-03-23 2007-04-13 15-DL 21 6 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-07-09 2006-07-13 DTD 4 1 General Medical Illness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 LAN $2,600,000
2016 SEA $1,500,000
2015 SEA $
2014 SEA $
2013 SEA $7,312,500
2012 SEA $5,812,500
2011 SEA $4,312,500
2010 SEA $2,312,500
2009 SEA $455,000
2008 CLE $404,400
2007 CLE $381,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$25,091,300
9 yrTotal$25,091,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 11 dWil Polidor1 year/$2.6M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.6M (2017). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/17. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 400, 450 plate appearances. $0.2M for 500 PA.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2016). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 11/11/15. Performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500 plate appearances. $0.75M for 550 plate appearances.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/26/15 (minor-league contract, $0.75 in majors, $0.1M in minors). Released by Seattle, re-signed as a free agent 3/31/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Seattle 6/24/15.
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/18/13. Performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Placed on restricted list 2/13/14 (failed to report, will miss 2014 season with illness).
  • 4 years/$20.25M (2010-13), plus 2014 club option. Signed extension with Seattle 1/8/10. $1.25M signing bonus. 10:$2M, 11:$4M, 12:$5.5M, 13:$7M, 14:$7.5M club option ($0.5M buyout). 2013 salary increases to $7.25M with 600 PAs in 2012. Award bonus: $50,000 for Gold Glove. Seattle declined 2014 option 11/1/13.
  • 1 year/$0.455M (2009). Acquired by Seattle in three-way trade from Cleveland 12/10/08. Signed by Seattle 3/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4044M (2008). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/28/08 (split contract, $197,300 in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.3819M (2007). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/07 (split contract, $96,000 in minors).
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/05.
  • Acquired by Cleveland in trade from LA Dodgers 5/04.
  • Signed by LA Dodgers 2000 as amateur free agent from Venezuela.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 387 49 92 17 1 13 49 43 97 2 1 .272 .359 .444 113 27.1 2.9
80o 366 44 84 16 1 12 44 39 94 1 1 .261 .346 .429 105 20.6 2.2
70o 350 41 77 15 1 11 41 36 92 1 1 .249 .331 .411 98 16.2 1.7
60o 337 38 72 14 1 10 39 33 90 1 1 .241 .320 .395 93 12.7 1.4
50o 325 36 68 13 1 10 36 31 88 1 1 .235 .314 .391 88 9.7 1.0
40o 313 33 63 12 1 9 34 29 86 1 1 .226 .304 .373 83 6.8 0.7
30o 300 31 58 11 1 8 31 27 84 1 0 .216 .291 .354 78 4.0 0.4
20o 284 28 52 10 1 7 29 24 81 1 0 .203 .275 .332 72 0.9 0.1
10o 263 25 46 9 1 6 25 21 76 1 0 .193 .262 .315 64 -2.8 -0.3
Weighted Mean32937691311037328911.235.315.3899010.71.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20203713015265041413360.225.305.366820.01.30.4-0.53.4-1.9-1.1
20213812815255031313350.226.307.360800.01.10.4-0.63.3-2.0-1.1
20223910212214031110280.226.306.35779-0.00.80.3-0.52.6-1.7-0.8
2023407081430277190.224.304.35478-0.00.40.2-0.31.8-1.2-0.6
2024415461020155150.222.302.34877-0.00.30.2-0.31.4-1.0-0.4
202542465920154130.221.300.34375-0.00.10.1-0.31.2-0.9-0.4
202643475920155130.220.301.33774-0.00.10.1-0.31.2-1.0-0.4
2027444851020155130.219.299.33473-0.00.10.2-0.31.2-1.0-0.4
202845445920144120.217.297.33072-0.0-0.00.1-0.31.1-1.0-0.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 80 Luke Scott 2014 0 DNP
2 78 Ryan Howard 2016 91
3 78 Mike Napoli 2018 0 DNP
4 78 Olmedo Saenz 2007 91
5 77 Roy Sievers 1963 113
6 77 Fernando Tatis 2011 0 DNP
7 77 Carlos Delgado 2008 121
8 77 Chili Davis 1996 126
9 77 Dick Allen 1978 0 DNP
10 76 Derrek Lee 2012 0 DNP
11 76 Tony Perez 1978 112
12 76 Greg Vaughn 2002 86
13 76 Tony Clark 2008 75
14 76 Eduardo Perez 2006 98
15 75 Carlos Pena 2014 79
16 75 Travis Hafner 2013 94
17 75 Dwight Evans 1988 132
18 75 Jim Hickman 1973 111
19 75 Cliff Johnson 1984 143
20 75 Mike Stanley 1999 124
21 75 Norm Cash 1971 146
22 75 Gil Hodges 1960 85
23 75 Joe Adcock 1964 136
24 74 Jose Canseco 2001 121
25 74 Russell Branyan 2012 0 DNP
26 74 Mo Vaughn 2004 0 DNP
27 74 Mike Piazza 2005 111
28 74 Cliff Floyd 2009 62
29 74 Nelson Cruz 2017 143
30 74 Jack Howell 1998 82
31 74 Javy Lopez 2007 0 DNP
32 74 Adam LaRoche 2016 0 DNP
33 74 Vic Wertz 1961 109
34 74 Champ Summers 1982 105
35 74 Jim Lemon 1964 0 DNP
36 73 David Justice 2002 108
37 73 Andruw Jones 2013 0 DNP
38 73 Mickey Tettleton 1997 79
39 73 John Mabry 2007 65
40 73 George Crowe 1957 107
41 73 Alfonso Soriano 2012 115
42 73 Jermaine Dye 2010 0 DNP
43 73 Orlando Cepeda 1974 82
44 73 Fred McGriff 2000 115
45 73 Ken Singleton 1983 130
46 72 Rafael Palmeiro 2001 148
47 72 Dave Kingman 1985 105
48 72 George McQuinn 1946 93
49 72 Justin Ruggiano 2018 0 DNP
50 72 Phil Nevin 2007 0 DNP
51 72 Jeff Bagwell 2004 120
52 72 Mike Cameron 2009 104
53 72 Mark Teixeira 2016 85
54 72 David Ortiz 2012 165
55 72 David Dellucci 2010 0 DNP
56 72 Josh Willingham 2015 0 DNP
57 72 Curtis Granderson 2017 107
58 72 Duke Snider 1963 110
59 71 Tilly Walker 1924 0 DNP
60 71 Eddie Mathews 1968 103
61 71 Ken Phelps 1991 0 DNP
62 71 Deron Johnson 1975 96
63 71 Paul Konerko 2012 131
64 71 Andre Thornton 1986 113
65 71 Ken Griffey 2006 103
66 71 David Ross 2013 68
67 71 Bob Watson 1982 107
68 71 Bob Bailey 1979 0 DNP
69 71 Ron Cey 1984 110
70 71 Mike Easler 1987 86
71 71 Gorman Thomas 1987 0 DNP
72 71 John Lowenstein 1983 132
73 71 Mark Sweeney 2006 87
74 70 Hank Sauer 1953 111
75 70 Frank Thomas 2004 154
76 70 George Scott 1980 0 DNP
77 70 Bob Allison 1971 0 DNP
78 70 Casey Blake 2010 90
79 70 Bill White 1970 0 DNP
80 70 Tim Salmon 2005 0 DNP
81 70 Pedro Guerrero 1992 63
82 70 Ken Caminiti 1999 119
83 70 Dale Long 1962 101
84 70 Reggie Sanders 2004 99
85 70 Lyle Overbay 2013 91
86 69 Bob Cerv 1961 81
87 69 Ryan Klesko 2007 90
88 69 Matt Stairs 2004 105
89 69 Torii Hunter 2012 116
90 69 Jim Spencer 1983 0 DNP
91 69 Mickey Vernon 1954 121
92 69 Larry Doby 1960 0 DNP
93 69 Don Baylor 1985 112
94 69 Darrell Porter 1988 0 DNP
95 69 Boog Powell 1978 0 DNP
96 69 George Foster 1985 117
97 69 Andres Galarraga 1997 135
98 69 Jay Buhner 2001 113
99 69 Fred Lynn 1988 118
100 69 Graig Nettles 1981 111

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Sixteen years and some-odd days after John Hancocking his first professional contract with the Dodgers, Gutierrez signed on a blue dotted line again last winter amid the team's search up, down and sideways for a solution—any solution—to cure what had fatally ailed it against left-handed pitching. The theory behind the reunion was sound enough, as the flashes of brilliance and death to assorted flying things that had marked Gutierrez's when-healthy career included a noteworthy résumé of southpaw slaying. But Gutierrez sagged under the weight of inactivity as the team's 25th man, logging just eight starts in the season's first two months and recording just a single multi-hit game before a rare and chronic back condition flared up and foisted him onto the shelf for good in late June. As he heads into another round of free agency, it's quite possible his days of playing under a guaranteed contract are numbered.
2017 Given almost 100 more plate appearances in 2016, Gutierrez wasn’t quite able to replicate his 2015 success, but he remains a useful player. With the addition of Danny Valencia, an upgrade over the player Gutierrez has aged into, he sets off for his fourth organization—bet you forgot he was part of the Milton Bradley-to-L.A. deal too. After a parade of maladies that would have made a Greek chorus accuse the baseball gods of being a bit too on the nose, the man once known as “Death to Flying Things” might be happy just to escape with all his limbs intact.
2016 Injuries are a part of the game, but Gutierrez's injury history reads like a Greek tragedy of the first order. Gutierrez missed all of 2014 with ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating arthritic condition of the spine. It was an open question as to whether he would even recover, let alone set foot on a baseball field again. But after a year and a half of rehabilitation, Guti not only made it back, he mashed the you-know-what out of the ball, crushing as many homers as he did the previous four years combined. To call his small-sample slugging percentage a fluke is accurate but misleading; it insinuates a return to career norms. But beneath the hospital blankets and casts, Gutierrez has transformed as a ballplayer, losing defensive prowess and accumulating power. The question, as always, is how long can he stay on the field and on his feet, before Zeus comes and strikes him down with the next tragic malady.
2015 Franklin Gutierrez swears that he'll be ready to participate in spring training this year, but what will follow will almost certainly be an exhausting demonstration of mortality. Gutierrez is the stepped-on ant with one good leg who can only labor in circles, over and over.
2014 What was it this year, you ask? Left groin tightness (three days), right hamstring strain (60 days) and right hamstring again (63 days). Once again, Gutierrez looked like more than a capable center fielder when he was healthy. More importantly, though, Gutierrez is a 31-year-old who has played just 173 games over the past three seasons, and just 81 over the past two. His durability issues might make him a candidate to be a nifty short-side platoon option in center fieldGutierrez's career OPS is 172 points higher against lefties, and the consistent rest could help stave off more injuries.
2013 Gutierrezs season started late because of a torn pectoral muscle, and was interrupted by a concussion suffered when a pickoff throw hit him in the face. When he could play, he had the best OPS+ of his career. Its hard to know what to make of that, given the sample size, a statement thats especially true when evaluating his defense. Gutierrez was the best center fielder in the game three years ago, but advanced metrics have gone south on him since then. If a single season of defensive data is inconclusive, then the half- and quarter-seasons Gutierrez has been playing might be worse than no data at all. He also has lost speed, as shown by his stolen-base attempts. Given his age, it may not return.
2012 Skeptics tend to dismiss modern defensive metrics because they fluctuate wildly from year to year. But Gutierrez' otherworldly ratings on UZR and +/- have stayed pretty steady over the last four years, while his OPS and other offensive numbers have ranged from average to Mathis. That doesn't make offensive stats irrelevant, of course. It does make Gutierrez almost irrelevant, as even his good glove only gets him to the general vicinity of replacement level. The Mariners can hope the drop in his walk rate and cratering of his power numbers was caused by the irritable bowel syndrome that sidelined him for six weeks to start the season. Gutierrez claimed to be 100 percent in late May, but his impotent bat syndrome persisted until an oblique strain in early September.
2011 Gutierrez was a revelation in his first season in Safeco, but after earning the moniker Death to Flying Things for his ability to rope in any ball that passed through his extensive airspace in 2009, the swift center fielder fell back to earth himself last season. An expected regression in his historically great defensive numbers made his fielding appear merely very good, instead of otherworldly, although the Gold Glove voters belatedly acknowledged his acumen after he set a major-league record for consecutive defensive chances without an error. Perhaps more disappointing was the offensive stagnation that took root in his age-27 sophomore season in Seattle, as he failed to carry forward the progress he had seemed to make at the plate as he entered his prime. Of course, his 2010 TAv was perfectly in line with his career rate, so his BABIP-aided 2009 now appears to have been the exception. The four-year, $20.5-million extension that Gutierrez received last January in exchange for his arbitration years and first crack at free agency offered potential for a team-friendly steal, but in retrospect, it looks to have been a fair exchange.
2010 There may not be a baseball player who provides more defensive value to his team than Gutierrez. Nearly every metric estimates that in 2009 he saved between 25 and 30 runs more than the average center fielder with the glove. Resultantly, many of the Mariners pitchers had ERAs that exceeded their talent level. So, full credit to Zduriencik and company for acquiring him and recognizing that he was being wasted as a right fielder. Gutierrez's bat is adequate for the position, but with his fielding worth three wins by itself, that's all it has to be. Not too many fielders sustain their performances at this high level, but Gutierrez is young enough to linger in Willie Mays territory for a while longer. He didn't win a Gold Glove, as if we're telling you something you don't already know about how screwed up the selection process for those is.
2009 Gutierrez entered the season as the Indians' starting right fielder on the strength of his slugging in limited 2007 action and his excellent glove, but hit just .216/.264/.315 in the first half, and that was pretty much the end of that. He's flummoxed by righties (.246/.298/.378 against them in 591 lifetime PA), and he didn't hit lefties last year, either. Dealt to the Mariners as part a three-way deal centering on the Mets' acquisition of J.J. Putz, he's slated to start for Seattle in center field, where he'll continue to impress as a ballhawk and disappoint offensively. Note that his career rates away from Cleveland (.248/.294/.357) are nearly identical to his rates against right-handers.
2008 After starting the year at Buffalo, Gutierrez was promoted into a right field platoon with Trot Nixon, then assumed a larger share of the job as injuries slowed Nixon in the season's final two months. The platoon arrangement is the ideal one for Gutierrez, who is an MVP candidate against left-handers (.330/.366/.553) but against righties appears to be capable of little more than an occasional bit of power (.232/.292/.429). The Indians seem to understand his limitations and are hoping that Dellucci can remain healthy enough to keep Gutierrez from having to face his own kind.
2007 He`s become a bit of an annoyance in the system, really. The prize of 2004`s Milton Bradley deal, Gutierrez is a five-tool athlete who has never translated those tools into baseball skills. He hits for a decent average, he hits doubles but not many home runs, he draws a few walks, he steals a few bases, all nice things, but collectively they add up to a prototypical fourth outfielder, not the future star he was supposed to be. He spent 2006 shuttling back and forth between Buffalo and Cleveland, and that will probably continue this year.
2006 Despite a brief appearance as a pinch-runner with the big club in September, most of Gutierrez`s playing time since coming over in the Milton Bradley trade has been at Double-A Akron. An outstanding defender with good speed, Gutierrez could be roaming center in Cleveland as soon as 2007 if the Indians decide to move Grady Sizemore to one of the corners. The only question is his bat, which has been fairly quiet since he left Vero Beach. It`ll make the difference between his being a good starter or just a fifth outfielder.
2005 Gutierrez was the key prospect acquired in the "Who will rid us of this turbulent outfielder" Milton Bradley anti-love swap. Coming off a year in which he showed tremendous power for a 20-year-old in the Florida State League, Gutierrez struggled with the strike zone and the effects of bone chips in his left elbow. Considered a useful defender, Gutierrez may turn out to be an above-average bat for center field even if he never does learn better pitch recognition. Given his age, the ceiling could be much higher.
2004 Gutierrez continued to show massive power as a 20-year-old, roping 44% of his hits for extra bases at Vero Beach, coupled with speed indicators that make for an intriguing combination. Like so many hitters in the Dodgers' farm system, however, Gutierrez lacks control of the strike zone. His long-term projection is strong, but we'd like to see him round out his game a little. He'll start next year in Jacksonville, hopefully fighting the organization's emphasis on aggressiveness at the plate. In a few years. he could very well be Juan Gonzalez.

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2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the Tacoma players that have played for the Mariners in the past can contribute to the Mariners this year
(Will from Medina)
A lot of them could contribute in a part time role. Jesus Montero could hit lefties really well right now. James Jones just got called up and he's a legitimate weapon on the bases. I've heard from a scout who thinks Stefen Romero would do well, although I don't really see it. Franklin Gutierrez is Tacoma's best player but he can only play the field a few times per week. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2014-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Different fielding metrics disagree so much with each other. Does this have more to do with different views on what data are important, different data collection methodologies, or difficulties acquiring consistent data even within a given metric? (The last option raises itself in my mind because BP's metric sometimes seems to produce confusingly different results for the same player from one year to the next. Franklin Gutierrez springs to mind; he seems to have gone from super awesome to league average between 2008 and 2010.) I guess what I'm asking is, what's wrong with fielding metrics (if anything) and, if anything's wrong, how do you fix it?
(Rob from DC)
all of the above. How to fix it? Get more objective information and get further and further away from subjective evaluations or heavily abstracted/regressed techniques (like ours). So, in short, FIELDf/x and HITf/x plus some qualified scouting to aid projections. (Harry Pavlidis)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you aware of any fantasy-baseball-like games out there that give defense its due? One reason why I have a hard time getting interested in fantasy is that it seems to chronically undervalue guys like Franklin Gutierrez, Yadier Molina (and the other Molinas to some extent), etc., whose gloves are what make them stars. Are there leagues and systems that might scratch that itch?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I haven't seen any leagues with good defensive statistics, just the basic kind I would never use in analysis. I did play in Ball on a Budget at Beyond the Box Score last year, and that used WAR, so defense was included. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)How can you NOT be "as high on the Mariners as some others" after this offseason? What's not to love in extending Felix, extending Franklin Gutierrez, "disappearing" Silva, adding Bradley, acquiring Cliff Lee, adding Figgins, etc.? It is a great time to be a Mariners' fan! Jump in, the water is fine!
(MarinerDan from SF)
I love all those moves, and it's pretty incredible that we're even talking about the Mariners contending this year, considering what Jack walked into. But as far as this year specifically, I don't think they're a 90+ win team. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is your long-term view of Franklin Gutierrez? Will he ever hit? Is his defense so good that it carries him into being an above average CF on the whole?
(MarinerDan from SF, CA)
I'm not a big believer that he'll hit enough against right-handers to be a really good regular, but between his defense and his ability to cream lefties, maybe he's sort of the poor man's Chet Lemon. (Christina Kahrl)


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