Mariners re-sign Franklin Gutierrez to one-year deal

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Via the official website of the Seattle Mariners:

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the club signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a 1-year contract through the 2016 season. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Gutierrez pulled off a tremendous comeback in 2015, posting a .974 OPS and slugging 15 home runs in 59 games as the Mariners’ primary left fielder in the second half. He missed all of 2014 and appeared in only 81 total games at the major league level between 2013-2012 due to chronic injuries.

We’ll pass along the contract terms when they are disclosed.

Nevada Senate vote on proposed A’s stadium in Las Vegas extended until next week

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.

The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.

In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.

Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.

The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.