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Mariners re-sign OF Franklin Gutierrez to one-year deal

Thu., Dec. 19, 2013, midnight

The Seattle Mariners have re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a $1 million, one-year contract, adding needed depth to their outfield.

Seattle announced the deal Wednesday following a physical. Gutierrez became a free agent after the Mariners declined his $7.5 million option, but he chose to return to Seattle for a sixth season hoping he can finally stay healthy.

Gutierrez won a Gold Glove in 2010 but has spent most of the past three seasons on the disabled list. He missed 106 games last season with hamstring problems that led to two extended stints on the DL.

Around the league

The Padres have agreed with former Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract. In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit, 37, had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the A.L. championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston’s David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series. … The Marlins signed third baseman Casey McGehee, a five-year major league veteran who played in Japan last season. … Rays infielder Tim Beckham is expected to be sidelined six to eight months after surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in right knee. … The Braves acquired catcher Ryan Doumit from the Twins for minor league left-hander Sean Gilmartin. Doumit, a switch-hitter, slugged 14 homers and had 55 RBIs this year, when he started only 43 games at catcher and also played in the outfield. … The Indians have acquired left-hander Josh Outman from Colorado for outfielder Drew Stubbs. … The Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill. The Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. … Pitcher Roberto Hernandez and the Phillies have completed a $4.5 million, one-year contract.


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