Dodgers sign Franklin Gutierrez

By Gem Tablak

While the Mets seem set, at least on paper for the time being, the Dodgers signed right handed hitting out fielder Franklin Gutierrez. 

Gutierrez spent his first 4 seasons in Cleveland before he made his way over to Seattle in 2009. His first 2 years in Seattle, he accumulated 305 games as a steady mainstay in SafeCo’s spacious center field.

Since 2010, Gutierrez hasn’t been a consistent part of the Mariner’s line up due to injuries & mediocre play. In 2014, Gutierrez went over sea’s to play & came back with a vengeance in 2015.

When he came back he had a slash of .292/.354/.620 hitting 15 homers in just 59 games. In 2016 he had a bit of a decline & came back down to earth in which seems more typical for the out fielder.

In 2016, he had a slash of .246/.329/.452 with 14 HR’s over the span of 98 games & L.A. is desperate to find decent hitters to face left handed pitching.

While Matz is a youngster that will hit his bumps in the road, as a rival of the Dodgers, I’m not exactly worried or impressed by the signing of Franklin Gutierrez for the west coast Dodgers. 

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