Mariners re-sign outfielder Franklin Gutierrez

Seattle Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez rounds the bases after he hit a three-run home run (Ted S. Warren/AP)

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have re-signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract after a surprisingly productive 2015 season.

The Mariners announced the deal Wednesday. It’s a major league contract for the 2016 season after Gutierrez was able to stay healthy and contribute, hitting .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 59 games with the Mariners.

Once a Gold Glove-winning centre fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was slowed by injuries and stomach issues that only allowed him to play 173 games from 2011-13, with six stints on the disabled list.

Gutierrez sat out 2014 but last season showed what he can do when healthy. He had a .354 on-base percentage and .974 OPS. Gutierrez started with Seattle on a minor league contract and played in 48 games at Triple-A Tacoma before being called up.

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