Franklin Gutierrez close to returning to Mariners

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FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi has the exclusive report …

Gutierrez batted .248 with a .278 on-base percentage in 151 plate appearances this past year with Seattle and has played in just 81 total games since the start of the 2012 campaign, but the Mariners wanted a right-handed-hitting backup outfielder and the price should be cheap. Gutierrez hit .283/.339/.425 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI in 629 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2009 — his first year with the club — but it’s been mostly downhill from there, largely due to injuries. He will serve as depth at all three outfield spots.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.