"We had been looking for a right-handed bat off the bench since the offseason of ’08," Amaro said. "It was tough. We had had some discussions about either (Franklin) Gutierrez or (Ben) Francisco over the course of that year. We had talked internally about both those guys. Then in '09, once we added that fourth prospect, we felt like we had to get another name back rather than go 4-for-1. We were fortunate to get him back, and he gives us some versatility."
Gutierrez was traded to the Mariners in a three-team deal in December of 2008 and hit .283/.339/.425 with 18 for Seattle in 2009. Many of the larger stat houses, including Fangraphs.com and Baseball Information Solutions, consider him to be perhaps the best defensive player in baseball. The Mariners agreed, signing the 26-year-old centerfielder to a four-year, $20 million extension this month.