Angels Lock Up Talented Utility Man Izturis

The Angels and Maicer Izturis came to an agreement today on a three-year contract reportedly for $10 million. If true, it buys out Maicer’s final year of arbitration and two years of free agency.

Maicer had asked for $3 million for his arbitration hearing and the team countered with $2.3 million. The 29-year-old was worth nearly three wins for the Angels last year and provided a lot of defensive flexibility, being able to man 2B, SS and 3B at an above average level. No matter the result of arbitration, Maicer was going to be a steal for the Angels, that they were able to rope in two more years at an insanely discounted rate is even more in their favor.

Given a full season’s worth of playing time, Maicer has been playing at about a three win level for the prior four seasons. Even in my most pessimistic scenario for Maicer Izturis, his market value for these three seasons is nearly $20 million. If you remove this arbitration year from the calculation – since we know the figures that were filed for and Izturis filed for way too little per his actual value – the Angels are still getting two free agency years at roughly a one win per season valuation.

Izturis even typically adds a few extra runs to the bottom line on the base paths. There is no other reasonable conclusion here: the Angels struck themselves a fantastic deal. The only question is whether he’ll continue to be used as a roving infielder behind Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Brandon Wood, a situation that should still allow him to get 400 to 500 plate appearances, or be given an opportunity to win one of those left-side positions.

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Matthew Carruth is a software engineer who has been fascinated with baseball statistics since age five. When not dissecting baseball, he is watching hockey or playing soccer.

4 Responses to “Angels Lock Up Talented Utility Man Izturis”

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  1. ineedanap says:

    Fantastic deal for the Angels, who, aside from that Rodney contract, are quietly having a good offseason.

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  2. Felonius_Monk says:

    “since we know the figures that were filed for and Izturis filed for way too little per his actual value”

    Not to be snarky, but is it really too much to expect 2 minutes’ worth of proof-reading (or perhaps some editorial input) from writers who produce maybe 2-3 short articles per week? Stuff like this looks really unprofessional.

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  3. I actually don’t think the Angels are having all that good of an off-season, but I do believe this is the best move they’ve made thus far. Very good contract for a valuable player. I think they’d be wise to leave him in a utility role/fall-back option in the event Wood fails.

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  4. stolenbases says:

    Great deal for the Angels. I am a bit surprised that Maicer would be willing to give up 2 years of free agency and a really good chance to land an everyday job on the open market though.

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