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Astros sign Cesar Izturis

Cesar Izturis

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Cesar Izturis fields the line drive by Philadelphia Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins to end the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)


Exciting day for utility infielders!

First the Phillies signed Ronny Cedeno and now Jon Heyman of reports that the Astros have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal.

Izturis spent last season with the Reds, hitting .209 with zero homers and a .530 OPS in 63 games at age 31. He’s one of the worst hitters of this era and hasn’t topped a .650 OPS since 2004, but obviously teams don’t have Izturis around for his bat.

He’ll try to win a bench job during spring training.

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