Dodgers News: Team adds to crowded outfield with signing of Franklin Gutierrez
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued adding veteran depth to their team by signing outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. As reported by Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times earlier, the deal is reported to be for one year valued at $2.6 million.
An interesting point was made by McCullough regarding Gutierrez’s ability to hit left-handed pitching.
“Gutierrez, 33, was once an elite center fielder. But his primary value arises from his ability to hit left-handed pitchers, a quality Dodgers sorely lacked last season. Gutierrez posted an .884 OPS against left-handers for Seattle in 2016.”
For now the Dodger faithful have to trust that Andrew Friedman & Co. know what they’re doing adding to the logjam in the outfield. Let’s not forget skipper Dave Roberts will have to figure out what to with Andrew Toles, Yasiel Puig, and Andre Ethier just to name a few.
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