Blue Jays Sign Maicer Izturis

12:49pm: The Blue Jays have announced the signing (on Twitter). It's a three-year, $9MM contract with a $3MM club option for 2016. 

12:05pm: The Blue Jays have agreed to sign Maicer Izturis to a three-year, $10MM contract according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (Twitter links). The deal includes a club option for a fourth year. Izturis is represented by Peter E. Greenberg & Associates.

Uspw_6498750As Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca points out (on Twitter), this is the largest contract GM Alex Anthopoulos has given to a free agent. The one-year deals worth $4.5MM given to Darren Oliver and Francisco Cordero last offseason were the previous record holders. Our Transaction Tracker has the breakdown of Anthopoulos' free agent signings.

Izturis, 32, hit .256/.320/.315 in 319 plate appearances for the Angels this year, his worst full season as a big leaguer. He won't hit for any power, but Izturis makes a lot of contact from both sides of the plate and is a capable defender at all three non-first base infield positions. He's also a threat to steal double digit bases. Izturis has hit .264/.327/.360 in 1,051 plate appearances across the last three years overall.

The Blue Jays figured to target infield depth this winter since Kelly Johnson is a free agent and Yunel Escobar is a trade candidate. They briefly had Mike Aviles after acquiring him from the Red Sox for manager John Farrell, but he's since been flipped to the Indians. Izturis did not rank among Tim Dierkes' Top 50 Free Agents.

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54 Comments on "Blue Jays Sign Maicer Izturis"


George Vander Buist
2 years 8 months ago

three years???

2 years 8 months ago

Good deal. ~3.3Milli per year is very good for a utility guy who can start a few games

jacks100
2 years 8 months ago

Awful.

Austin
2 years 8 months ago

I like the deal, except its one year too many.

Morley C
2 years 8 months ago

The 3rd year or the option year?

Austin
2 years 8 months ago

I would of done two years with third year option

Eric
2 years 8 months ago

Wouldn’t have got done without the third year.

rdillon99
2 years 8 months ago

Not a bad deal. Perhaps it might be one guaranteed year too many, but given the dearth of available middle infielders as free agents this year, it is a players market.

go_jays_go
2 years 8 months ago

very true.

Austin G.
2 years 8 months ago

Worst thing that happens is the team has a very serviceable bench option in a few years a la JMac.

bigkingk
2 years 8 months ago

Didn’t see 3 yr with an option coming. I think this is good for the jays. Money is great. 1 to 2 as a starter than super utility for 2. Good guy to have on your bench. Beats kj or anyone else available.

Dirty jay
2 years 8 months ago

Agreed, It’ll be good to have reliable depth a few years down the road. Something we clearly lacked this season.

go_jays_go
2 years 8 months ago

I think Scutaro would be the best INF utility option available, but Maicer is a close second.

bigkingk
2 years 8 months ago

Scutaro is likely looking for twice as much as this. His value is sky high with his post season and lack of depth of FA infielders

bj82
2 years 8 months ago

Scutaro as an utility after the way he played in SF?

suhiscrazierthanyou
2 years 8 months ago

You mean how he played in September and October?

suhiscrazierthanyou
2 years 8 months ago

Do a comparison of their career #’s (BFullmerFan summed it up nicely on a DrunkJaysFan comment)… for cost, Izturis mightr be as good, or better

Spot Star
2 years 8 months ago

Dollars wise its fine, length is too long but then again the dollar value doesnt make it a big deal. Like it overall. A solid #9 switch hitter with good D.

Randy
2 years 8 months ago

That is good news. I will take a reliable hitter, as Izturis has been for most of his career, over KJ any time. Plus defender as well.

Marcos Montenegro
2 years 8 months ago

What’s with AA’s fascination with the Angels? Or, are these deals payback promises for the Wells trade?

2 years 8 months ago

Why would he have to pay back the Angels by signing one of their unrestricted free agents? I realize it’s an effort at comedy, but put a little more into it next time…

$7562574
2 years 8 months ago

good luck, mighty maicer!

JaysFan1996
2 years 8 months ago

3.3 mil/year for a guy who plays a low offence postion with high upside. How is this bad? Abritration players probably would get paid more

jacks100
2 years 8 months ago

High upside? He’s 32.

2 years 8 months ago

and fills the void left by omar who was 45, even better upside, eh jacks.

Devon Henry
2 years 8 months ago

Just because one player has more upside than another doesnt mean he has “high upside.”

Austin
2 years 8 months ago

“Izturis has hit .264/.327/.360 in 1,051 plate appearances acrossr the last three years overall.” Spell check please

qbass187
2 years 8 months ago

Meh. Decent deal.
Never been a big fan of this player but 3/10 is hard to pass up for a starting SS with major league experience and some success.

2 years 8 months ago

Except he’ll be playing second base even if Escobar is traded with Hech being the SS of the future.

qbass187
2 years 8 months ago

2B or SS doesn’t make any difference. He played all over in LAA. I still think he’s mediocre… Still a decent deal for the $$$.

Asif
2 years 8 months ago

Is yunel escobar a lock to leave Toronto? And is izturis now the starting second baseman on paper?

2 years 8 months ago

I would say no to Escobar being a lock to leave, and yes to the starting 2nd baseman. I don’t think you sign a guy to a 3+1 contract with the anticipation of him coming off the bench.

suhiscrazierthanyou
2 years 8 months ago

no and yes, at this point

rdillon99
2 years 8 months ago

The team is reporting that it is actually a 3 year, $9M deal, plus a club option

$5427573
2 years 8 months ago

MLB just tweeted it’s 3 years for 9MM with a 4th option year at 3MM

Howard
2 years 8 months ago

Eh, I’d say its better than having McCoy at 2nd base next year, and now Hech can either be on the bench or start in AAA. Come on Jays, time to hire a manager and get those starters!!!

Howard
2 years 8 months ago

p.s. wish this guys name was Erick Aybar that we just signed, but oh well.

Kingmojo101
2 years 8 months ago

Is it me or do the bluejays like angel players

Jays Fan 3
2 years 8 months ago

I think this signing means hechevarria will get his chance to start at SS or 2B. If it doesnt go well and hes sent down then they will give the starts to izturis. hechevarria’s glove is too good to put at 2B. Think best option is
hech SS
escobar 2B
izturis UT
Would escobar make the move if hes still in the picture?

go_jays_go
2 years 8 months ago

JCIAP is right on this one. After this deal, Hech will likely start in AAA.

Jays Fan 3
2 years 8 months ago

i like it