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Maicer E. Izturis (born September 12, 1980 in Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball infielder who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed. Izturis is the half brother of Baltimore Orioles shortstop César Izturis.
In 2004, Izturis hit .338 with three home runs and 36 RBI for the Triple-A Edmonton Trappers before being promoted to the Major League level with the Montreal Expos. He registered a hit in his August 27, 2004 debut, singling off San Diego Padres right-hander Dennis Tankersley in the second inning. In 32 games with the Expos, Izturis hit .206 (22-for-107) with one home run and 14 RBI.
Though a shortstop by trade, Gold Glover Orlando Cabrera occupied that position on the Angels roster, relegating Izturis to the role of a utility infielder. After the placement of veteran Darin Erstad on the disabled list, the Angels moved star utilityman Chone Figgins to center field during the 2006 campaign, and Izturis emerged as the club's starting third baseman, until the Angels signed Gary Matthews, Jr. to start in center field for the 2007 season, forcing Figgins back to third base.
Izturis speaks to the press through an interpreter.
On January 25, 2010, the Angels signed Izturis to a three year contract worth $10 million, avoiding arbitration. FanGraphs' Matthew Carruth called it a "fantastic deal" at "an insanely discounted rate" estimating his market value at about $20 million over three years. Baseball Prospectus called the deal a good 'insurance policy', adding, "he's a good enough offensive contributor to add value whatever the position among second, short, and third, and a good enough defender at any of them to be playable".
- ↑ Wagner, Greg (June 29, 2006). Izturis brothers feel no rivalry. MLB.com. Retrieved on May 4, 2010.
- ↑ Klepner, Tyler. "A.L.C.S Game 2", The New York Times, October 18, 2009. Retrieved on October 18, 2009.
- ↑ Spencer, Lyle (January 25, 2010). Angels lock up Izturis through 2010.
- ↑ Carruth, Matthew (January 25, 2010). Angels Lock Up Talented Utility Man Izturis.
- ↑ Kahrl, Christina (January 26, 2010). Transaction Analysis Blog. Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved on January 29, 2010.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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