Mariners Sign Chavez and Gutierrez to Minor League Deals

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(ISN) – SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencikannounced today the club signed veteran outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Chavez, 36 (turns 37 Feb. 7), appeared in 80 games with the Mariners last season. He hit .276 (64×232) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 23 RBI while playing all three outfield positions. This is the third consecutive spring training Endy will be a non-roster invite with the Mariners.

A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Chavez has appeared in 1,151 career games with the Royals (2001), Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009, 2013-14), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012).

Gutierrez, 31 (turns 32 Feb. 21), is looking to make a comeback after not playing professional baseball last season. Gutierrez last appeared in the Majors in 41 games with the Mariners in 2013, batting .248 with 7 doubles and 10 home runs. He missed 106 games in two DL stints with a strained right hamstring, April 23-June 21 & June 25-Aug. 25. Gutierrez battled several injuries and illnesses during a three-season span from 2011-2013 that allowed him to appear in only 173 of 486 team games, making 6 separate trips to the disabled list. He was an American League Gold Glove winner in 2010.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 20 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 21. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 25.

The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 57 players (40 roster, 17 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 6 catchers (3 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 12 outfielders (4 non-roster). Updated spring training roster is attached in PDF format.

                                                 

CHAVEZ’s PLAYING RECORD

 

YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
1996 DSL Mets .354 48 164 42 58 92 11 1 7 29 2 1 1 22 16 3 4 .561 .431
1997 GCL Mets .277 33 119 26 33 45 6 3 0 15 0 1 0 20 10 1 2 .378 .379
1997 Kingsport .301 19 73 16 22 26 4 0 0 4 2 0 0 13 10 5 2 .356 .407
1998 Kingsport .289 33 114 26 33 49 8 4 0 16 3 3 0 17 17 10 5 .430 .373
1999 Capital City .253 73 253 40 64 74 8 1 0 15 2 1 0 34 36 20 12 .292 .340
  St. Lucie .311 45 183 33 57 77 8 3 2 18 2 1 0 22 22 9 3 .421 .383
2000 St. Lucie .298 111 433 84 129 156 20 2 1 43 7 3 0 47 48 38 16 .360 .364
2001 Wichita .298 43 168 27 50 61 6 1 1 13 3 3 0 16 13 11 6 .363 .353
  KANSAS CITY .208 29 77 4 16 18 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 3 8 0 2 .234 .238
  Omaha .337 23 104 18 35 41 6 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 13 4 3 .394 .333
2002 Ottawa .343 103 405 67 139 189 28 5 4 41 10 1 0 33 37 21 13 .467 .392
  MONTREAL .296 36 125 20 37 58 8 5 1 9 7 1 0 5 16 3 5 .464 .321
2003 MONTREAL .251 141 483 66 121 171 25 5 5 47 9 3 0 31 59 18 7 .354 .294
2004 Edmonton .344 14 61 9 21 28 3 2 0 7 0 1 0 7 7 5 2 .459 .406
  MONTREAL .277 132 502 65 139 186 20 6 5 34 12 2 1 30 40 32 7 .371 .318
2005 New Orleans .253 23 87 11 22 29 4 0 1 4 4 0 0 10 7 6 1 .333 .330
  WASHINGTON .222 7 9 2 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 .333 .417
  PHILADELPHIA .215 91 107 17 23 32 3 3 0 10 7 0 0 4 13 2 1 .299 .243
2006 NEW YORK (NL) .306 133 353 48 108 152 22 5 4 42 11 2 0 24 44 12 3 .431 .348
2007 NEW YORK (NL) .287 71 150 20 43 57 7 2 1 17 5 1 0 9 16 5 2 .380 .325
  GCL Mets # .625 2 8 2 5 5 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 .625 .600
  St. Lucie # .500 4 16 3 8 9 1  

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