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Brewers sign infielder Cesar Izturis to minor-league contract

Cesar Izturis

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis fields a ball hit by Cleveland Indians’ Shelley Duncan in the seventh inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in Cleveland. Duncan was out at first base. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Milwaukee replaced Yuniesky Betancourt with Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and the Brewers have added some more middle infield depth by signing Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Morosi of

Izturis lost his starting job when the Orioles traded for J.J. Hardy last offseason and missed all but 18 games with injuries in 2011.

Even when healthy Izturis has always been among the worst hitters in baseball and at age 32 his defense may no longer be great enough to make up for the poor bat, but he certainly makes plenty of sense as a no-risk, low-cost pickup.