The Houston Astros have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor league deal according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.
cesar izturis agrees to minor league deal with #astros. would seem to have good shot to make club as utilityman.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 13, 2014
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.
Some reactions to the signing
#Astros Fun Fact: When Cesar Izturis won his Gold Glove, many of his new teammates were in middle school.
— Nicholas Roznovsky (@modernishfather) January 13, 2014
Cesar Izturis hasn’t posted an OPS over .630 since 2004.
— Astros County (@AstrosCounty) January 13, 2014
Anyone else “rejoicing” over this Cesar Izturis signing?
— Lee White (@Lee_White73) January 13, 2014
Same here…”@big_john819: I always liked Cesar Izturis.”
— Alex Sandoval (@LEXthePEX) January 13, 2014