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The Blue Jays signed Julio Izturis, not Cesar Izturis

Nov 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Turns out the Blue Jays didn’t sign Cesar Izturis after all. Mike Cormack of reports that the Blue Jays actually signed Julio Izturis, who is Cesar’s 23-year-old brother. He played with the Giants’ low Class A affiliate this past season.

Wednesday, 7:13 PM: After stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Washington, Cesar Izturis is returning to the organization that originally signed him as a 16-year-old in 1996. He inked a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Izturis will battle to make the team as a utility infielder. He hit .241/.254/.343 in 166 at-bats with the Brewers and Nationals last season (though just four of them were with Washington).

If Cesar can make the team, he’d play with his half-brother, Maicer, for the first time in the majors. Maicer Izturis was signed to a three-year deal earlier this month.

In Cesar Izturis, Felipe Lopez and Orlando Hudson, the Jays had three top middle infield prospects come up at roughly the same time 11 years ago. The team opted to trade Izturis to the Dodgers for top pitching prospect Luke Prokopec after the 2001 season and go forward with Lopez at short and Hudson at second. Alas, Prokopec got hurt and was a bust. Izturis never did develop into much of a hitter, but he would have given the Jays some stability at short had they kept him. Lopez lasted just one year as the starter before getting traded, and the position has been a revolving door ever since, though Jose Reyes finally figures to change that.

  1. natslady - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Nats got him for an emergency infield job due to injuries and he is one slick fielder. Released him only when Desmond came off the DL, not because of any problem. Good luck to him, seemed like a quality guy.

  2. rhmurphy - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    You forgot Brent Abernathy

  3. Francisco (FC) - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    But the Jays already have their Venezuelan Utility Infielder for 2013, didn’t Cesar get the memo?

  4. jerze2387 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    i see a “major league 3: back to the minors” type middle infield feud…

    • jerze2387 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Also, it took me all day to realize this isnt the same izturis they signed before..i was wondering “how many times are they gonna sign this guy? did it JUST finalize?”

  5. lostsok - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Macier, Cesar and Julio: the next Alou brother. Only, without the the whole hitting thing goin’ on…

  6. professormaddog31 - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    oh thank god, I was seriously wondering how many more chances this clown could possibly get.

  7. jerze2387 - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    well, with all the reports of it and having 2 of the 3, dont they almost HAVE to sign cesar now anyway? he shouldnt be too pricey anyway…

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    the jays still wont be any better then a 4th place team, not impressed with any of the deals they made so far. Cant wait to see Buehrle get hammered in the AL East, he has no chance playing there and will wish he stayed in the NL where he belongs.

    • jerze2387 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      1. he tried to stay in the AL..signed there..but was TRADED to the AL against his will. so “he should have stayed in the NL”…he didnt have a choice.

      2. The AL east is like any division now. Baltimore is decent, but could fall back anytime. Tampa Bay has an anemic offense (the only thing Buehrle is gonna face). Boston is in a state of flux and has been terrible. hes ON the Jays. That leaves just the Yankees to be a legit threat. Sounds like any division to me.

      3. He came up through the AL central when the indians were still a juggernaut, faced good Twins teams, the Tigers run to the its not like he’s coasted to his career stats

      • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        might want to check his career numbers against some of those AL east teams, they aint pretty by any means.

      • cur68 - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        These are not the same teams anymore. They are nearly all worse and now he has some very good hitting backing him up. Why don’t you go comment on a Yankee thread since you love them so much and you “know” so much about baseball? Oh. That’s right. You don’t know anything about baseball and you merely come here to embarrass yourself.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    very good hitting backing him up? what the heck are you smoking? talk about embarrassing yourself!! get ready for 4th place again junior! I’ve forgotten more baseball then you will ever know, your team is going NOWHERE and its been that way for 20 years now get used to it boy

    • cur68 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Ha, ha! Its like a trained chimp, jumping up and down on command! All I have to do is point out a fact and you start hurling your shit. Tell me, do you work for peanuts Chimpy, or are you doing this because you can’t help it?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Ha i just did my homework and EVERYONE in the AL East has at “least” a .300+ team average against Mark Buehrle!! And trust me they are not just hitting singles against this guy and we aint talking about 4 at bats here either. Career wise he has stunk up the place against the East and i personally cant wait to see him get smoked next year. Its going to be great and the best part? oh thats easy, you got him for years to come!! Thank you jays! hahahahahaaha

  10. jerze2387 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    But teams and rosters change over time. these are not the Yankees of the Early 2000s. Not the 2 time champ red sox. not the rays that went to the playoffs. Also not the orioles that were being beat down for years and years. So “stats vs certain teams” are some of the most useless stats ever. Does the UNIFORM beat him? he cant pitch against guys in pinstripes or wearing orange?

    Lets say theres a team that loses 8 straight to another team (it happens)…is that to say despite roster turnover, theyll NEVER beat them again? The Red Sox and Rays were horrible against the Yankees for the 1st part of the decade and the 90s…does that mean theyll always suck against the yankees? recent history has disproved that theory.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      And the players i was looking at are from the current rosters genius, Cano and Jeter have softball numbers against Mark. Ortiz totally crushes his 85mph heaters and so on and so on. I wasnt looking up what retired players did against him, Think Current Roster and while you are at it, think hockey cause the jays will never play another meaningful game again.

      • jerze2387 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        1. im not even from toronto nor a Blue jays fan

        2. has ortiz been the same as he was? Jeter has been on the decline, Ortiz is on the decline, Boston doesnt even have a SS yet, LONEY at 1st? Sweeney and Nava in the corner OF spots? Ichiro and gardner arent gonna do horrible damage, A-Rod is over with (theyre looking at jeff Keppinger to replace him), so if Cano (and even if Jeter and Ortiz) kept up the pace against Burhrle, thats 3 players in a whole division. 3 total players off the 2 “juggernauts” in the division. I myself like the yankees as my 2nd favorite team behind the White Sox, but even i realize theres decline and change. So even if Cano and jeter homer.

        Bo Sox roster:
        60 Ryan Lavarnway
        — David Ross
        39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
        77 Pedro Ciriaco
        50 Mauro Gómez
        58 José Iglesias
        64 Will Middlebrooks
        15 Dustin Pedroia
        2 Jacoby Ellsbury
        — Jonny Gomes
        55 Ryan Kalish
        66 Daniel Nava
        — Jerry Sands
        12 Ryan Sweeney
        34 David Ortiz

        Yankees Roster:
        40 Francisco Cervelli
        72 Austin Romine
        19 Chris Stewart
        — Eli Whiteside
        24 Robinson Canó
        2 Derek Jeter
        17 Jayson Nix
        26 Eduardo Núñez
        13 Alex Rodriguez
        25 Mark Teixeira
        60 Chris Dickerson
        11 Brett Gardner
        14 Curtis Granderson
        67 Melky Mesa

        Not really so scary looking are they?

        3. His perfect game? AGAINST TAMPA BAY. so by your own logic, he owns tampa bay. His No-No? a lineup featuring Tex, kinsler, Michael young, and nelson cruz.

        Gold glove Winner. So please, stop trying to make a pointless case that Buehrle isnt a good pitcher.

    • cur68 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      jerze: you are arguing with a chimp (either that or a giant simpleton, I can’t decide which). He’s not using logic, or even any sort of reason. He merely knows to hurl his feces and call it “an argument”. You can get him to do this on command pretty much. In a few weeks he’ll violate his parole. Again. And be back in the crowbar hotel (or the Bronx Zoo: depends on if he’s a simpleton or a chimp. Bit hard to tell with all the poo flinging). Again. Then we can go back to not hearing from him for a while. Again. Can’t wait for that last part.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Not using logic? Go check the numbers from espn’s batter vs pitcher and look up the O’s, the Rays, Yanks, and boston and see how they have faired against Mark and after you do that and you are done throwing up (cause they are that bad) then you can get back to me. until then… lose…

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Um did you even bother to check Ortiz or Jeter’s numbers from last season? Both still look pretty solid to me junior so not sure what you are looking at. And if you even bothered to do “any” research at all you would have noticed that Tampa has great numbers against Mark and so does The O’s. But let me guess all their players are “over the hill” also? You are a total joke, i proven you to be exactly that, move along troll.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Tampa’s current roster career vs Buehrle…65 at bats, 22 hits or a .338 batting average

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    O’s current roster career vs Buehrle…215 at bats, 69 hits, or a .321 batting average

  13. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    boston’s current roster vs Buehrle…120 at bats, 42 hits, or a .350 batting average

  14. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    New York’s current roster vs Buehrle…..168 at bats, 53 hits, or a .315 batting average

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Buehrle is 2-8 vs NY, O’s, boston in the last 3 seasons only wins are against the O’s with a era that would make you faint

  16. cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Someone get a butterfly net: dirtyhary’s lost his shit again. lol

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      awwww poor baby doesnt like “facts” again? awwwww let me get you a crying towel, want some cheese with that whine?

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