Thursday 8 November 2012

Jays Sign Izturis, Acquire Jeffress

Second base is taken care of.  And look how pleasantly surprised it is.

The Jays have inked Maicer Izturis to a 3 year, $9MM deal with a club option for a fourth year at $3MM.  Seems like the kind of player that you don't go ahead and guarantee three years to, but at this price, I dunno, it's kind of just a spit in the bucket.  He's kind of fast and can play a few different positions on the infield, and it's not like he's Chone Figgins or anything.

Izturis is coming off a bad season in 2012, hanging out right around replacement level over 100 games and 319 plate appearances, putting up a .256/.320/.315 line.  That's not a typo.  A .634 OPS, which is an 82 wRC+.  Whatever, he's a second baseman, and he's been better than that in every other year of his career.

The thing that worries me is that he's signed for his 32-34 seasons, which is pretty much old for a player of this profile.  He already hits for no power, and his defensive value (UZR) has dipped in each of the last four years.

Again, it's cheap, and he's been a league average player as recently as 2011.  Works for me.  Fangraphs' take.

The Jays also bought Jeremy Jeffress off the Royals.  Jeffress was DFA'ed the other day, so it was probably pretty cheap.  He'll strike out a lot of people, but is also a walk waiting to happen.  He was part of the Zach Greinke trade, that sent him to Milwaukee.

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