Gutiérrez with the Seattle Mariners
|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 28|
February 21, 1983 |
|August 31, 2005, for the Cleveland Indians|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||353|
|Career highlights and awards|
Franklin Rafael Gutiérrez (born February 21, 1983), nicknamed "Guti", is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners. While primarily a center fielder throughout his career, Gutiérrez transitioned to right field for the Mariners in 2016.
On November 18, 2000, Gutiérrez was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent. On April 3, 2004, Gutiérrez was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with a player to be named later (Andrew Brown) to the Cleveland Indians for Milton Bradley and was assigned to Double-A Akron. He entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and the top position prospect, possessing five-tool ability. Previously, Los Angeles refused to include Gutiérrez in a deal over the winter that would have landed the Dodgers first baseman Richie Sexson.
In 2005, Gutiérrez posted a .261 batting average and 42 RBI for Akron, and hit .254 with seven RBI in 19 games with Triple-A Buffalo (then affiliated with the Indians). Between his two minor league stops, he stole 16 bases in 22 attempts. He was among the players that the Indians called up when major league rosters expanded on August 31.
In 2006 after batting .278 in 90 games for Triple-A Buffalo, Gutiérrez played 43 games in the majors after being called up on June 16 and he stayed in the majors the rest of the season. In 2007, he once again began the season in Triple-A Buffalo, but after batting .341, he was called up for good on May 6.
On May 27, 2008, Gutiérrez hit his first grand slam.
On December 10, 2008, Gutiérrez was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of a three-team trade. Mariners' General Manager Jack Zduriencik noted that the trade would not have gone through had Gutiérrez not been included in the trade.
In 2008, Gutiérrez ranked 3rd among qualifying big league outfielders in UZR, an all-inclusive fielding statistic. Gutiérrez won a Fielding Bible Award as the top fielding right fielder in MLB. Dave Niehaus called Gutiérrez "Death to Flying Things" after a diving catch, a nickname that previously belonged to Bob Ferguson.
In 2009, Gutiérrez had the most errors by a major league center fielder (7), mostly due to the immense number of batted balls that he gets to. He led all of Major League Baseball in UZR and UZR/150 and was 6th in the AL in wins above replacement. Gutiérrez won another Fielding Bible Award as the top fielding center fielder in MLB.
On January 6, 2010, it was reported that Gutiérrez and the Mariners were working on a 4-year contract extension for $20.5 million with a team option for a fifth year.
In 2010 Gutiérrez was awarded his first Gold Glove for outfielder. He finished the season with a 100.0% fielding average. He also came in second place for Defensive Player of the Year on MLB.com awards.
On April 22, 2013, Gutiérrez spent 60 days on the disabled list due to hamstring injuries (trying to catch a ball), and was activated on June 22 against the Oakland Athletics, but injured his hamstring again after six innings.
On January 26, 2015, the Mariners re-signed Gutiérrez to a minor-league deal with a spring training invite. On June 24, he was recalled from AAA Tacoma to re-join the Major League club. On July 21, 2015, he hit a pinch-hit grand slam against the Detroit Tigers.
Los Angeles Dodgers
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- FanGraphs leaderboards
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