Franklin Gutierrez and Reasonable Expectations.

Franklin Gutierrez rehabs with the Rainier in 2013. It was one of many stints as Gut tried to cope with a series of mysterious ailments.
Franklin Gutierrez rehabs with the Rainiers in 2013. It was one of many stints in Tacoma as Gut tried to cope with a series of mysterious ailments.

In 2009 new Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez had one of the best defensive seasons in major league history. A .283/.339/.425 hitter, the Mariners believed the 26-year old outfielder could hold down Safeco’s vast centerfield for years to come. Nicknamed “Death to Flying Things” Gutierrez was signed to a four-year, $20.5 million contract before the 2010 season.  It was the apex of his baseball career. By the summer of 2010 with his defensive stats still good, but not as good, and his promise as a defensive whiz with power evaporating, it’s clear the M’s did not have the player they thought they had.

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