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The Blue Jays sign Maicer Izturis to a three-year, $10 million deal

Nov 8, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays have signed Maicer Izturis to a three-year, $10 million deal. There is a team option for a fourth year.

Izturis was not an offensive juggernaut for the Angels in 2012, hitting a mere .256/.320/.315 with two homers in 319 plate appearances. But he’s versatile — he can play short, second and third — and can be a reliable utility guy who, unlike a lot of utility guys, can start for extended periods if injuries occur. And at $3.3 million a year, he’s not breaking the bank.
Decent signing, I’d say.
  1. cur68 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    This concludes your Omar Vizquel-type-of-guy signing. Next can we get a John Maddon-type-of-guy signing, please?

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      I was going to say that. The Blue Jays just filled in their obligatory Venezuelan Utility Man Roster Spot.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      In his column this morning, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, wrote that the Jays were close to signing a middle infielder with MLB experience. I am quite sure that he actually knew who it was, but had promised not to disclose the name in advance.

  2. jaysfan64 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I’d settle for a Torii Hunter-type of guy…

  3. paint771 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    It is a decent signing, but sadly I think you overestimate the Jays roster when you call him a utility guy. He’s the starting second baseman for the Jays in all likelihood, although may split time with Heck later in the year.

  4. paperlions - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I don’t get the 3 years. Why sign a 32 yr old utility guy that can’t hit for 3 years?

    • missthemexpos - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      The 3rd year was needed to seal the deal.

      • paperlions - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Then don’t do it. He’s not that good a fielder (really only proficient at 2B) and he can’t hit….the Jays probably have guys like that in AAA that will play for the minimum.

  5. paint771 - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    More details: It is a three year, $9 million deal with a club option for a fourth $3 million year. The Jays also made a trade with KC, sending cash in exchange for RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who could project to be a power arm in the pen if he ever gets his sh*t together, both in terms of control and not-getting-arrested.

    Actually, both seem like pretty good moves, although very much in the AA vein of late of favoring controllability (not a word often used with Jeffress) and low risk, low reward signings. In fact, it’s AA’s first free agent signing over two years. Practically counts as a splashy signing with him.

    • jaysjunkie - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      “…favoring controllability (not a word often used with Jeffress)”.

      Nicely done there.

  6. Detroit Michael - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    The Jays would have been better off, in my opinion, to keep Mike Aviles at lower price with a 1-year commitment. The difference in quality between Aviles and M. Izturis isn’t this large.

  7. scatterbrian - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Izturis: 2913 PA, .273/.337/.381, 94 OPS+, .318/94 wOBA/wRC+, 13.5 fWAR (-10.2 bat/15.6 field/19.1 run)
    Scutaro: 4926 PA, .276/.340/.391, 94 OPS+, .324/99 wOBA/wRC+, 18.3 fWAR (-13.0 bat/-12.9 field/5.7 run)

  8. jkaflagg - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Maicer did a good job in Anaheim, but be prepared: he is constantly nagged by injuries. Relying on him to play regularly would be foolhardy, but in between the injuries he is a competent utility player.

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