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Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Trader:

Since this is the “Mariners Market”, I thought I would try something where once a week I would come up with a trade, either in house between the Mariners and an affiliate (like the Tacoma Rainiers) or as we get closer to the trade deadline, with other teams around the league. I thought it would be something fun, and especially facilitate good discussion around trade deadline time (July 31st). So, here is the trade, or move, I would like to see the Mariners make.

Call up Franklin Gutierrez

I touched on the Rickie Weeks struggles earlier and said I have a solution to ending the saga, and here it is. Cut bait with Rickie Weeks, and call up Franklin Gutierrez.

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Gutierrez has been absolutely crushing it for the Rainiers, hitting .324 with an OBP of .457. He was a Gold Glove outfielder for the Mariners, and has always had the skill sets of an elite OF in the MLB. The only problem has been his health, and after taking a year off last year he looks more poised than ever to return to the MLB. If nothing else, he is a defensive upgrade over Weeks, but I fully believe that he will not only be a defensive help, but a huge offensive help as well.

The Mariners need someone who can be a spark plug, a breathe of fresh air to this lineup, and I believe Gutierrez can supply that. Now is the time, I believe, to call up Franklin Gutierrez and to part ways with Rickie Weeks.

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