The Cincinnati Reds, looking to add veteran depth at the shortstop position, add major league veteran Cesar Izturis on a minor league deal. The deal with Izturis includes an invitation to spring training, which opens next month. Izturis is mainly a shortstop but has proven he can handle the second and third base positions as well.
Izturis only played 62 games last season splitting time between the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals after spending three prevous seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. In 2012, Izturis batted .241/.254/.343 with two home runs, 11 RBI and seven doubles.
Izturis has spent 12 years in the majors as his days of being a full-time starter are well behind him. The longest he spent with a team was five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he first got his chance. Izturis turns 33 next month and is not expected to be a big contender for any starting job, however, a veteran like him could certainly help out the young players like Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Jason Donald adjust to the big leagues.
Heading into February, Frazier is expected to be the starting third baseman while Cozart is the starting shortstop. Donald is at the bench spot right now but anything could happen in February and March pending on each players’ ability and injuries if there are any.
After a 97-win season, the Reds are hoping to get beyond the National League Division Series and with the way the team looks right now, the Reds can certainly do just that.
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