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Astros sign Cesar Izturis

Jan 13, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

Cesar Izturis AP

Exciting day for utility infielders!

First the Phillies signed Ronny Cedeno and now Jon Heyman of reports that the Astros have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal.

Izturis spent last season with the Reds, hitting .209 with zero homers and a .530 OPS in 63 games at age 31. He’s one of the worst hitters of this era and hasn’t topped a .650 OPS since 2004, but obviously teams don’t have Izturis around for his bat.

He’ll try to win a bench job during spring training.

  1. stex52 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Gotta say I don’t think they solved any problems with that move.

    • jeffa43 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Nothing but a minor league, just Incase contract… Has little chance to make the team.

      Altuve, Villar, and a few prospects they would like to watch/showcase.

      Marwin, Pasedas, Guzman… Kind of packed up the middle.

  2. cohnjusack - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Signing Cesar Izturis is the last refuge of the damned.

  3. nsstlfan - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Hey didn’t he play for the Cards when Jocketty was still GM? If he did once again Jocketty is signing old Cardinals retreads.

    • Joe - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Is Jocketty subcontracting out with the Astros? They could probably use the help.

  4. Bob - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Jocketty is in Cincinnati. Former Cards exec Jeff Luhnow is running the Astros.

  5. doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Something something blue jays, something something old guys.

    Am I doing that right?

  6. crimson428 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    .209? Sadly, he will fit in just fine here. Hopefully Villar develops and this signing doesn’t matter.

  7. metalhead65 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I thought the Astros were trying to show they were making moves to be competitive this season? why in God’s name would you sign this clown to even a minor league deal? as reds fan I say thank you though as this means walt can’t waste any money on resigning this automatic out. of course this means his search of retirement homes looking for ex-cardinals to overpay will heat up.

    • stex52 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      It’s not that big a deal one way or the other. It’s a minor league deal. He is there if they have an injury or need late inning fielding.

      It just doesn’t help much.

  8. jkaflagg - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Izturis can still pick up a ground ball and throw it to first base, a skill that could be useful if Jonathan Villar struggles, as he did last season. Villar has great skills but was rushed a bit and needs to show more consistency in his game. Long term, no one should worry about the Astros at SS; Carlos Correa will take over and give the team it’s best shortstop play since the pre-beaning Dickie Thon…..

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