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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.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.