Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp with trainer

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Franklin Gutierrez, who had all sorts of health problems last season but was said to be at full strength this spring, left Mariners camp this morning in a car driven by the team’s trainer.

No further details are known yet, but when asked about the situation by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times general manager Jack Zduriencik said: “I can’t comment on it at this time.”

Baker speculates that “if this was a routine examination not worthy of concern, Zduriencik would have said so.”

Gutierrez hit just .224 with .534 OPS last season and missed 70 games with a significant stomach problem and an oblique injury, giving him back-to-back disappointing years following a breakout 2009 season in which he hit .283 with 18 homers and a .764 OPS while winning a Gold Glove award for brilliant defense in center field.

UPDATE: Baker says Gutierrez hurt his shoulder while making throws from the outfield.

Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.