Brewers Sign Cesar Izturis

JAN. 14: MLB.com's Adam McCalvy has a breakdown of the contract, reporting that Izturis can earn $875K in the big leagues with another $375K in incentives. He'll get $25K for appearing in 90 games, $50K for appearing in 100 and 115 games, $50K for 75 starts, and $100K for 90 and 115 starts. The contract also allows Izturis to request his release if he's not added to the 40-man roster by March 30th.

DEC. 21: The Brewers have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor league contract, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. In a team release, the Brewers announced they've also signed left-hander Juan Perez to a minor league deal. Both players will receive invitations to Spring Training.

Izturis spent the last three seasons in Baltimore, hitting .240/.283/.292 in 958 plate appearances for the Orioles. Although the 31-year-old didn't provide much pop at the plate, his defense continues to be rated favorably by advanced metrics — Fangraphs puts his career UZR/150 at +7.6 or better at shortstop, third base, and second base. If he makes the Brewers' big league club, Izturis figures to provide depth behind Rickie Weeks, Alex Gonzalez, and Aramis Ramirez.

The 33-year-old Perez, meanwhile, has seen limited Major League action with the Pirates and Phillies. With the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate at Lehigh Valley in 2011, Perez recorded a 5.70 ERA with 13.1 K/9 and 6.2 BB/9 in 36 1/3 innings.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


9 Responses to Brewers Sign Cesar Izturis Leave a Reply

  1. diesel2410 3 years ago

    Almost a month later lol

  2. The Brewers could use a couple defense-first guys in the lineup.  The no-defense-at-all years have been painful.  It’s just killed them (and the fans) at many times.

    Izturis, Bianchi … it’s clear that the front office is looking for some significant upgrades on infield defense, if only from the bench.

  3. You appear to be lost and confused.

  4. 96 Wins last year, and Alex Gonzalez is replacing literally the worst starter in the major leagues, you oaf.  Brewers are the team to beat.  Cardinals second, Reds third.

  5. AisoRed 3 years ago

    Why is it just between the Cards and Reds? The Cards lost a pretty big piece in Albert Pujols, just like the Brewers lost Prince Fielder.

  6. toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

    That implies that the Pirates have had a “window,” which I think we can all agree is not the case.  Brewers are definitely in the mix to contend in the Central, they still have an excellent pitching staff and bullpen, and those “nobodies” are upgrades over last years “nobodies.”

  7. triple_play_baseball 3 years ago

    lol.

  8. triple_play_baseball 3 years ago

    lol.

  9. dirty_water_fan 3 years ago

    Getting production at third will help ease the loss of Fielder (if he goes). The Crew had replacement level production at the hot corner.

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