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Dodgers sign Franklin Gutierrez to 1-year deal

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The slugger was brought in to improve Los Angeles’ struggles against left-handed pitching.

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The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, per Manolo Hernandez of beisbolporgatas.com and FanRag’s Jon Heyman. The deal includes $400k in incentives.

Gutierrez, who turns 34 this month, gives the Dodgers a veteran option in the corner outfield to complement Andre Either, Yasiel Puig, Andrew Toles, Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson. Gutierrez has always mashed left-handed pitching (.289/.351/.495 with 50 career home runs), so he will likely get at-bats when the Dodgers face southpaws this season.

Gutierrez had a bit of a down season for the Mariners in 2016, hitting .246/.329/.452 with 14 homers in 98 games. He is a veteran of 11 major-league seasons with the Indians (2005-08), Mariners (2009-13, 2015-16), owning a career .257/.311/.409 line with 96 home runs.

Gutierrez missed the 2014 season due to gastritis, a stomach condition. Since his return to Seattle, he has proven once again to be a strong offensive outfielder with power potential.