The Milwaukee Brewers signed veteran infielder Cesar Izturis to a minor-league contract and have extended an invitation for him to join the club for camp this spring.
The 31-year-old switch hitter has played 11 seasons in the majors and the last three with the Baltimore Orioles. Last season Izturis only played in 18 games and batted .200 in 33 at-bats due to injuries.
To get a better idea of what he is offensively capable of, the following are his 2010 statistics:
Clearly, Milwaukee is not signing Izturis for his bat but rather for his glove. After 11 seasons he still continues to be an excellent defensive infielder which is something the Brewers desperately need off the bench. Izturis mainly plays shortstop but can also field at second and third base. In 603 defensive chances he had 212 putouts, 382 assists and committed only nine errors for an impressive .985 fielding percentage during the 2010 season. Izturis will be a great addition to the ball club if he ends up making the team next year.
The Brewers also signed Juan Perez to a minor-league contract. Perez has spent most of his career in the minors and has only pitched in 32 games in the big-leagues. The reliever’s career statistics in the majors with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is a 1-1 record with a 4.79 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 14 walks in 20.2 innings pitched.
Milwaukee has also invited their first-round picks from the 2011 draft, pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley, to major-league camp this spring. Both players did not play in the minor-leagues this year.