As expected, the Seattle Mariners declined their 2014 options on outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders. Both players become free agents.
Gutierrez had a club option of $7.5 million with a $500,000 buyout. Saunders had a mutual option for 2014 of just over $8 million dollars. There was a $900,000 buyout for his option.
After the promise of a solid 2009 and a contract extension, Gutierrez could never stay healthy. He battled injuries over the last three seasons appearing in only 173 of 486 team games, making six separate trips to the disabled list. In 41 games last season he batted .248 with 7 doubles and 10 home runs. He was a Gold Glove winner in 2010.
Saunders, 32, went 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA in 32 starts last season with the Mariners. In nine Major League seasons he is 89-81 with a 4.30 ERA in 221 starts.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher Stephen Pryor was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. Pryor had season ending surgery
Pryor, 24, spent most of the 2013 season on the disabled list with a tear in his right latissimus dorsi muscle. He appeared in 7 games with the Mariners, not allowing a run, before being placed on the disabled list on April 15. He had season-ending surgery to repair the injury on August 9.