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Houston Astros Sign Cesar Izturis To Minor League Deal


The Houston Astros have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor league deal according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.

Yup, I’m just as shocked as you that I’m writing a post on this signing. Izturis, 33, doesn’t exactly scream offensive player. He has a career slash line of .254/.293/.322 with just 17 career home runs. Izturis has played for nine different teams including the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, and Cincinnati Reds.

Izturis has made himself a career with his glove. While with the Dodgers in 2004, Izturis won the NL Gold Glove at shortstop, over the likes Jimmy Rollins, Omar Vizquel, and others. Izturis has played all over the infield over his 13 seasons in the major-leagues, though has spent most of his time at shortstop. He has a 6.3 WAR in 1,310 games played in his career.

Izturis will have a shot to make the Astros out of spring training. As of now, it appears as if Marwin Gonzalez is the guy to beat. I’m not sure if Izturis is an upgrade over Gonzalez, but I guess a bit of competition doesn’t hurt. Expect one of these two to be the Astros utility infielder to start the 2014 season.

 

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