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Blue Jays sign Maicer Izturis to a minor league deal

Maicer Izturis

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Maicer Izturis fumbles the ball allowing New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano to reach second safely on a ball hit by Yankees batter Vernon Wells during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


John Lott reports that the Blue Jays have signed infielder Maicer Izturis to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He spent the last three seasons with the Jays but played in only 11 games in 2014 and missed all of last season due to groin and shoulder injuries.

Izturis, 35, is a career .269/.331/.372 hitter and has plenty of experience playing third base, second base, and shortstop, so he can serve as affordable depth for the Jays. They had paid him him $10 million over the past three seasons but declined his 2016 option.

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