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9/12/1980 (36 y, 5 m, 11 d)
$9M / 3 Years (2013 - 2015) + 1 Option Years
Izturis announced his retirement from baseball Friday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. (3/4/2016)
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Maicer Izturis is like a lighter version of Erick Aybar when it comes to fantasy. Izturis is three years older and has less of a defined role on the team. He might be the front-runner to start at third base, but it seems unlikely that the Angels will stick with him there the whole season and he might return to an infield backup role. Izturis is also less of a speed threat on the base paths and has similarly no power. With the less playing time comes the smaller opportunity for him to score and knock in runs. Izturis is more prone to taking walks so if you are in a league with on-base percentage, that raises his stock a little, but there's still the concern over how many at-bats he will get. He could have use as a short-term waiver pick-up during stretches where you know he is starting and you could use a boost in steals. (Matthew Carruth)
The Quick Opinion:
If you draft Izturis before Erick Aybar, then you have done something wrong and Erick Aybar might not even be worth drafting.
Izturis, 31, has great value in his versatility -- he qualifies in most formats at shortstop, second base, and third base. He won’t light up the box score in any particular category with a middling batting average, little power, and possibly double-digit steals. He’s better used as a bench stash in case of emergency as there’s not a single part of his game that is particularly useful to most fantasy baseball formats, unless your league values defense, and even then -- Izturis is barely above average. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Izturis is a bench stash at best in most league formats. His versatility could be handy for deep leagues.
After spending the last eight years as an Angel, Maicer Izturis is heading north of the border to play for the Blue Jays. Even though the Blue Jays acquired Emilio Bonifacio from the Miami Marlins during the offseason, it appears that Izturis still has a grasp on the starting job at second base, with Bonifacio being used as a roving utility man. Izturis is a .273 career hitter, and most of his value is going to be related to his batting average on balls in play. He can steal a bag every now and then, but he’s not going to lead your team in the category. If he plays most days, Izturis could manage to hit .270 and steal 20 bags, but hitting at the bottom of the Blue Jays’ order will result in the rest of his numbers being unsatisfactory. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
If playing most days, Izturis could manage to hit .270 and steal 20 bags, but hitting at the bottom of the Blue Jays’ order will result in the rest of his numbers being unsatisfactory.
Maicer Izturis looked like a nice under-the-radar acquisition for the Blue Jays during their big 2012-2013 off-season. His final season with the Angels in 2012 had been poor at the plate, but it was only about 300 plate appearances against several seasons of being close to average at the plate -- not bad for a player who could credibly play any infield position, and some thought could start. Rather than 2012 being put in the distance, though, 2013 was even worse. The lack of doubles continued, his walk rate dropped to one of his career-worst levels, and his batting average on balls in play was the worst of his career. BABIP and doubles are subject to a relatively high amount of random variation, so even after two down years, they can be expected to regress back towards the mean. Still, it's a bad sign on balance. Izturis doesn't have much going for him at the plate other than contact (he might be able to steal double-digit bases in full-time play, but he has never hit more than eight home runs in a season). He finished the year hurt, which is another bad sign for a 33-year old. Izturis is not totally useless in fantasy if he is healthy to start the year. He will probably qualify at both second and third, and perhaps shortstop in some leagues. His only competition at second base at the moment is Ryan Goins, and neither Jose Reyes nor Brett Lawrie are pictures of health -- the playing time should be there. Given his contract, he won't be simply dumped. He might add a few homers and steals. Don't count on him, but do not totally ignore him, especially in deep AL-only leagues, as he could prove to be a useful endgame pick. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Maicer Izturis now has had two terrible years at the plate in a row, and never had much upside even before that. Still, he has positional versatility on the infield, will probably get decent playing time, and is not totally terrible, so he should probably end up being picked up in at least deep AL-only leagues.
After years spent on the Angels looking like a backup infielder who could start for many teams, Maicer Izturis had a poor 2012, hit free agency, signed with Toronto, and has been even worse since. When he has been healthy, his never-really-good hitting has gotten even worse, as his walk rate and power have both dropped. In earlier seasons, he managed double-digit steals in even limited playing time, but that seems to have dropped off of the radar as well. The only thing Izturis, who missed almost all of 2014 with a knee injury (never a good sign) has to recommend him is that the Jays are already going to be paying him for 2015 and do not have any obviously superior options for backup middle infielders. Still, avoid him on draft day unless playing time opens up for him due to injury, and then he still only has a tiny bit of value in deep AL-only leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
A few years ago Maicer Izturis did just enough at the plate and on the bases to be a useful fantasy middle infielder. Injuries, age, terrible performance, and a lack of playing time have put his fantasy value down to almost zero since then.
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