Mariners considering bringing back Franklin Gutierrez

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.