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Angels give infielder Izturis $10 million deal

Jan 25, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels and infielder Maicer Izturis have agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract through 2012.
The deal comes after Izturis asked for $3 million in what was to be his last year of arbitration eligibility. The Angels proposed a $2.3 million salary.
Assuming that the two sides would have eventually settled at the midpoint, the Angels are essentially buying out Izturis’ first two years of free agency for $7.35 million. The 29-year-old utilityman hit a career-best .300/.359/.434 with eight homers and 65 RBI in 387 at-bats last season. He finished the year as the starting second baseman against righties, but Howie Kendrick is expected to get every opportunity to win back that job this spring.

  1. HaloFan - Jan 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Knocking down those potential arbitration cases one by one.

    Money well spent. Best infield utility player in all of baseball – excellent insurance for a very young infield.

  2. Stu - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Giant Angel Fan
    This is money well spent; they should look at putting Maicer at 3rd base just like Figgins

  3. APBA Guy - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    As a fan of the rival A’s, I unfortunately have to agree with the Angels’ fans comments. The rest of the league may not know it, but Maicer was really useful to the Angels:
    - plays several positions really well
    - professional at-bats
    - good, aggressive base runner
    All this for $ 3.3M for the next 3 years.
    And in case some of the fans from back East aren’t aware, the Angels have drawn over 3M fans per year since Arte Moreno took over. It’s a very well run franchise.
    This will be an interesting year for the Angels, though, as Seattle has improved, especially their pitching and defense. Texas could be really good. I’m betting that Jaramillo leaving actually has a positive effect on Kinsler and Josh Hamilton. If their pitching matches last year’s performance, a tall order, Texas could contend.

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