Izturis ends run in Anaheim, signs with Blue Jays
Utility infielder was longest-tenured Angels player before departure for Toronto
For a while now, it was assumed that utility infielder Maicer Izturis was playing his final season in an Angels uniform, which he's worn since 2005.
On Thursday, his tenure in Anaheim concluded officially, when the 32-year-old switch-hitter signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Blue Jays, who also threw in a fourth-year option.
Izturis, the longest-tenured Angels player before his departure, posted a .276/.339/.384 slash line while appearing in 759 games in Anaheim from 2005-12.
His ability to fill in at shortstop, third base and second base made him a valuable asset. But this past season, with middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar signed long term, and Alberto Callaspo playing full time at third base, Izturis got just 319 plate appearances despite being healthy all year.
To him, that was affirmation enough that the Angels weren't very interested in bringing him back.
Next year, the Angels could use 26-year-old Andrew Romine, who has appeared in 27 games with the Angels the last three years, in the same role Izturis played. They also signed the similarly versatile Angel Sanchez to a Minor League contract in late October.
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