Dodgers sign Franklin Gutiérrez

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of outfielder Franklin Gutiérrez to a one-year contract.

Gutiérrez, 33, is coming off a year where he batted .246 with nine doubles, 14 home runs and 39 RBI in 98 games with Seattle. He posted a .280/.373/.511 slashline with 12 home runs and 32 RBI against left-handed pitching and tied for second among American League leaders in home runs and ranked sixth in RBI against lefties.

In 11 Major League seasons with Cleveland (2005-08) and Seattle (2009-16), he has hit .257 with 147 doubles, nine triples, 96 home runs and 353 RBI in 919 games. Throughout his career, he has dominated against left-handed pitchers, posting a career .289/.351/.495 slahsline with 50 home runs and 150 RBI. Gutiérrez has also stolen 78 out of 96 bases (81.3%) in his big league career and posted a career year in 2009 with Seattle, batting .283 and recording career-highs in hits (160), runs (85), home runs (18) and RBI (70) along with a .339 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage in 153 games.

The 2010 American League Gold Glove award winning outfielder, has played primarily in center field during the course of his career with 470 games, but has also played in 302 games at right field and 81 games at left field. He has posted a combined .991 career fielding percentage (17 E/6739.2 IP), which ranks ninth best among big league outfielders.

The Caracas, Venezuela, native returns to the Dodger organization after signing as an amateur free agent on November 18, 2000. Gutiérrez was traded to the Cleveland Indians on April 4, 2004 in exchange for outfielder Milton Bradley.

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