Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Sep 23, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez (21) rounds 3rd base after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the 8th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Trader: Send Down Danny Farquhar, Call Up Franklin Gutierrez

The Seattle Mariners announced on Sunday evening that Danny Farquhar has been sent down to Tacoma. This move is hardly surprising, but the fact that the M’s are not revealing who will take his spot on the 25-man roster is rather intriguing. They could go with a reliever, but I have a feeling a familiar face will soon be patrolling the Safeco Field outfield.

I believe this is the third time that Franklin Gutierrez has made my stock trader, and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops until he is in an M’s uniform. I mean come on, what more does the man have to do? In his last ten games at Tacoma he is hitting a sizzling .341. Guti would bring a completely different dimension to this team, as he gets on base and also plays great in the outfield. What stands out most in his numbers from this season is his .943 OPS, which would be second on the Mariners’ behind Nelson Cruz.

I know he has had health issues, but isn’t that all the more reason to call him up now? What good does it do to have him playing and logging innings in Tacoma, when the M’s could be milking out every last healthy inning out of him. Plus, the thought of a lineup of Jackson, Gutierrez, Canó, Cruz, Seager, Morrison, Trumbo, Miller, and Zunino makes my mouth water. That lineup would be an extremely balanced group, with power, contact, and speed from top to bottom. Please, Mr. Z, I am begging you to make it happen!

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