The Toronto Blue Jays are nearing an agreement with free agent infielder Maicer Izturis, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman.
Izturis, 32, is coming off the worst offensive season of his career, but is a steady defender and displays good baserunning skills. At the plate, he’s a slap hitter, but makes good contact and is an adept bunter. Izturis holds a .273/.337/.381 career line over nine big league seasons.
The Blue Jays have been seeking infield depth and Izturis offers that at second, short, and third. Toronto has been trying to move shortstop Yunel Escobar, who has worn out his welcome, and second baseman Kelly Johnson is a free agent. By adding Izturis, GM Alex Anthopolous is adding a capable switch-hitter who would be at best an average major league starter and at worst an above average part-time player.
With Izturis off the market, an already thin shortstop class gets even thinner. This could actually help the Jays in their quest to trade Escobar. The Athletics are among the teams known to be looking for shortstop help this Winter.
Heyman says the deal is for three years at a total of $10 million and includes a fourth-year option.