Franklin Gutierrez has a partial tear of his pectoral muscle, and is going to miss at least the next four weeks. Since the news of an injury to Gutierrez broke a couple days ago there has been wide speculation over how this would effect the Mariners personnel decisions as spring training coasts toward actual competition.
In some strange way the injury to Franklin Gutierrez solves a personnel problem for the Mariners. They were going to have to decide on at least one of Casper Wells, Trayvon Robinson, Michael Saunders, and Darren Ford to be the team’s fourth outfielder. Now they’ll probably take two into the season, and may be able to work some natural platoon and really get to see how some of the young guys do at the plate. But only Ford is a true center fielder defensively, and none of them offers the kind of potential defense-offense combination that a healthy Gutierrez does.
So while one could say that having too many good-enough prospects and cheap players for one position is a good problem to have, this is just about the worst way to solve that problem. This is like opening a tough pickle jar with a grenade.