As Jon Heyman somewhat reports below, the Toronto Blue Jays siged free agent middle infielder Maicer Izturis. The initial thoughts of Clint Barmes money are awe-inspiring accurate as the official terms are three years and $9 million dollars, with a club option for a fourth season also at $3 mil as per a team release.
Maicer Izturis spent his entire career (save one season in Montreal!) with the Angels, serving as a reliable middle infield sub without ever officially being an every day player. Though he has next to no power and just turned 32-years old, a team like Toronto could do much worse as a backup/fall back option on their bench.
Frequent DJF commenter Brad Fulmer Fan played a fun game in Stoeten’s Jays-specific post over in Jays land. With his permission, I will re-purpose his findings below.
Player A is Izturis. Any one want to make a guess as to who Player B is?
Player A career: 8.2 BB%, 10.7 K%, .108 ISO, .297 BABIP, .273 AVG, .337 OBP, .381 SLG, .318 wOBA, 94 wRC+
Player B career: 8.7 BB%, 10.8 K%, .116 ISO, .297 BABIP, .276 AVG, .340 OBP, .391 SLG, .324 wOBA, 95 wRC+
Career stats don’t tell the entire story as Izturis has never once been a full time player in the big leagues compared to the highly-sought after Marco Scutaro aka Player B. He has just two seasons with more than 400 plate appearances, the most recent coming in 2011. If 2011 Maicer Izturis is what the Jays signed, consider this a coup.
Just slightly below-average offense, reasonable enough defense and, most importantly, a guy who is content not playing every day. Which is presumably the plan for the Jays. Izturis provides flexibility and allows them to aim higher without killing themselves to find a viable every day option immediately.
This is the part where you talk yourselves into Izturis actually playing every day, Jays fans. Go ahead, shouldn’t take too much in the way of mental gymnastics. The money isn’t crazy (even if the years are a little scary) but considering what Scutaro is sure to net, the Jays did a decent piece of business here. With an expectation of less than 2 Wins over three years, (depending on your valuation. Inflation might move the $/WAR up quite a bit, thanks to the river of TV money flowing through the league) hard to say it’s a bad deal.