Dodgers sign Chase Utley, Franklin Gutierrez to 1-year deals

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to one-year deals with Chase Utley and Franklin Gutierrez, according to multiple reports.

The team continued its flurry of late free-agent additions, capped with the retention of the 38-year-old Utley, who started at second base in 2016.

Utley, however, will transition to a bench role after the team traded for Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay last month.

Details on Utley's deal were not disclosed.

Last month, Rookie of the Year shortstop Corey Seager credited Utley with mentoring him.

Gutierrez, an 11-year veteran outfielder, has spent the past seven seasons with the Seattle Mariners. The career .257 hitter had a .246 batting average with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs in 2016.

Gutierrez's deal is worth $2.6 million, according to multiple reports. The deal also includes $400,000 in incentives.
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