Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 3/6/12
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 Trayvon Robinson, Michael Saunders, Casper Wells, and even Johermyn Chavez or Chih-Hsien Chiang can prove themselves in Spring Training and also the two months while Gutierrez is out. Trayvon was a decent prospect in the Dodgers organization and is projected b...
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