Maicer Izturis signs with Blue Jays for 3 years, $10 million

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The former Angels utility man signed a three-year deal with Toronto on Thursday. He had played with L.A. since the 2005 season.

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the offseason in search for a reliable, veteran utility infielder who could help the team out in a pinch. They addressed that need on Thursday by signing Maicer Izturis to a three-year, $10 million dollar deal. There is also a club option worth $3 million for 2016, along with a $1 million buyout should Toronto elect to not bring Izturis back.

The 32-year-old infielder has been with the Angels since 2005, appearing in 791 games. He played in 100 games last season, batting .256/.320/.315 with a career-best 17 stolen bases. He's a career .273 hitter with a .718 OPS. Izturis split his time in the field between second base, third base and shortstop in 2012, and he'll likely continue doing the same with the Blue Jays.

The Angels will likely add a utility infielder of their own this offseason, although they'll look to add someone for less than $3-plus million annually.

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