The Washington Nationals announced a free agent signing on Tuesday regarding the Syracuse Chiefs. Right-handed pitcher Juan Gutierrez signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals. Gutierrez passed his physical on Tuesday and has officially joined the Chiefs roster.
Gutierrez has pitched for two teams so far this season. He began the season with the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Fransisco Giants, of the Pacific Coast League. Then, he played for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2015, the 32-year-old holds a 3.66 ERA with two teams. He allowed 63 hits, walked 18 and struck out 42 in 51 and two-thirds innings this season.
Over his career, Gutierrez appeared in the Major Leagues with the Houston Astros (2007), the Arizona Diamondbacks (2009-2011), the Kansas City Royals (2013), the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013) and the 2014 World Series Champion San Fransisco Giants. Over six MLB seasons, Gutierrez posted a 4.50 ERA in 264 games. In 286 total Major League innings, he surrendered 285 hits, walked 104 batters and struck out 241 hitters.
There are only 15 more opportunities to come see a Chiefs game at NBT Bank Stadium in 2015. The season continues to wind down on Tuesday night as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Gutierrez's former team, come to town for a three-game series. Tickets for the series and for all Syracuse Chiefs games are available online at syracusechiefs.com, by calling 315-474-7833, or in person at the stadium box office.