Kenny Ken Ken never sleeps, so why should we?
According to the most plugged-in reporter in the business, a rival executive thinks that… oh, I’ll just let him tell it (you know, assuming you haven’t read the title of this post, the Twitter or Facebook link that sent you here, or haven’t seen the picture above):
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 8, 2012
If Rosenthal’s source is right, the Jays will find themselves with a 32-year-old, switch-hitting, power-deficient (.381 career SLG) infielder, who hasn’t got on base the same way he used to in recent years (OBPs in the .349-.365 range for three of four years before dipping to .321, .334, and .320 his last three seasons), but nonetheless is positionally versatile, playing second, short, and third over the years in Anaheim, and most season in his career has been worth something in the neighbourhood of two wins, despite limited playing time.
The 2012 season was somewhat odd for Izturis, in that he was far stronger hitting right-handed pitching– posting a respectable-enough .340 OBP and wRC+ of 96– despite being ghastly against lefties. In the three seasons previous he’d posted wOBAs of .342, .320 and .435 hitting right-handed, though none of the sample sizes for those numbers are particularly large.
Still, he’s not nothing. And while in an ideal world he’d be a versatile guy to have on the bench, it’s not even such a horrible thought to consider a guy like that as a fall-back regular for second base– someone you could plant there to give Hechavarria more time in Buffalo, but who can still be pushed aside if Adeiny absolutely forces your hand, or if Izturis fails to maintain his average-ish bat against right-handers or doesn’t return to his career norms against lefties.
I’m not saying it’s a particularly good plan, but he’d be a nice option to hold at the position while hoping something better comes along– nicer, even, than Mike Aviles, or at least offering some kind of hope of success against right-handers.