Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/20/14
As many of you know, Franklin Gutierrez is going to start the season again on the disabled list with a right pectoral injury.  This is extremely disheartening news for Gutierrez, who arrived to camp healthier than last year and was looking to bounce back from an injury plagued year.  But with each setback, an opportunity presents itself.  I know Gutierrez has a great glove but I think his lack of offense cost us wins.  If you look at his past years, using the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) model, Gutierrez peaked in 2009 with a 5.4 WAR but has been trailing off since then with 3.0 in 2010 and a dismal -.4 in 2011 (to compare, the WAR model indicates 8+ is an MVP, 5+ is an All Star, 2+ is a Starter, 0-2 is a Substitute, and < 0 means you are better off with a replacement player) . His ability with the glove is clearly evident, but his bat really brings down his overall value.  This would be a great opportunity for the Mariners to get a good look at the outfielders of the future and ...

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