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Report: Tigers interested in Angels’ infielder Maicer Izturis

Nov 29, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

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While the Tigers continue to express interest in a trade for Atlanta’s Martin Prado, they have identified a Plan B. According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of, it’s Maicer Izturis of the Angels.

The Tigers are currently looking for upgrades at second base, third base and the leadoff spot, so while Izturis isn’t quite on the level of Prado, he at least has experience in those areas.

Izturis, 31, batted .276/.334/.388 with five home runs, 38 RBI, nine stolen bases and a .722 OPS over 494 plate appearances this season while splitting time between second base, third base and shortstop. The switch-hitter is owed $3.8 million in 2012 in the final year of a three-year, $10 million contract.

  1. lyon810 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Expos legend Maicer Izturis

  2. tigerman3 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    WHY? Izturis is a more expensive version of Ramon Santiago. Just resign Ramon if that’s the case. The team needs an upgrade not just to make moves for the sake of making moves.

  3. lrak76 - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Big waste of money and prospects to trade for this guy. They should just sign a free agent like Nick Punto with the money they would have to spend on him and save the prospect. Izturis isn’t a bad player, he just isn’t an upgrade over Santiago and isn’t very durable. Seems like Detroit is either going after more stop gap players or getting ready to pull off a big deal and are using guys like Maicer to make themselves look less interested in their real target.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    I think they should trade Verlander to the Yankees for Nunez. Seems like a fair swap to me….

  5. Francisco (FC) - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Is there something in the Tiger’s team policy to recruit as many Venezuelan players as possible? I just find it curious: Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez… I guess those guys need a 4th for Poker Night. If they keep adding to the roster they can change the team name from Detroit Tigers to Tigres de Aragua! XD

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM

      Simple; it’s so they can all speak Venezuelan.

      I know.

  6. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Another story about this guy? It just makes it seem longer to Spring training.

  7. alwaters9 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Francisco, do you have something against Venezuelan players? The Tigers sucked for years and finally got better when they started acquiring Latin players. So I say, the more the merrier. A Cuban would be a nice addition too.

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