Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are considering bringing back outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a minor league contract. Gutierrez sat out 2014 due to a gastrointestinal issue and hasn’t played in more than 41 major league games since 2011.
When he was healthy, the now 31-year-old Gutierrez played phenomenal defense with occasional power. However, injuries derailed a productive major league career as he suffered a strained oblique, a strained hamstring, and a concussion just to name a handful — and not to mention the gastrointestinal issue. Gutierrez will have to show both that he can stay healthy and that he can still be productive. He’ll turn 32 on February 21.