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Franklin Gutierrez Tells Mariners He Doesn’t Plan To Play In 2014

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Franklin Gutierrez (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Franklin Gutierrez (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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(1090 The Fan) – Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who signed an incentive-laden, one-year contract this past winter, has told his team he doesn’t plan to play next season because of his health problems.

According to a statement released by the Mariners, Gutierrez told the team that he has suffered a relapse of many of the symptoms he struggled with last spring, and does not believe it is fair to the team to come to camp if he is unable to compete due to health reasons. Instead he will spend the upcoming season focusing on getting fully healthy.

Upon Gutierrez’s statement, Seattle placed the outfielder on the restricted list and removed him from the 40-man roster.

On November 1, 2013, Seattle declined the 30-year-old’s option which saved the team $7.5 million. A little more than a month later, Seattle brought the injury-prone outfielder back on a much cheaper one-year deal aimed to reward Gutierrez if he stayed healthy.

In 2013, Gutierrez only played 41 games due to two disabled list stints with a strained right hamstring. In the time he was with the Major League team he batted .248 with seven doubles and ten home runs.

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