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Franklin Gutierrez guaranteed $1.5 million by Seattle Mariners


SEATTLE — Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has been guaranteed $1.5 million by the Seattle Mariners in his one-year contract and can make $4.25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

Gutierrez hit .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 189 plate appearances over 59 games this year with the Mariners.

His new deal, announced Wednesday, calls for $500,000 bonuses for 200 plate appearances and each additional 50 through 500. He would also get $750,000 for 550 plate appearances.

Once a Gold Glove center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was limited by injuries and stomach issues to 173 games from 2011-13, when he had six stints on the disabled list. Gutierrez sat out 2014.

He started last season at Triple-A Tacoma and was brought up in late June. His contract called for a salary of $100,000 while in the minors and $750,000 while in the majors.

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