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2/10/1980 (37 y, 11 d)
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Izturis will opt out of his contract with the Astros and become a free agent, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. (3/24/2014)
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Year in Review:
Izturis, who was originally signed by the Blue Jays, returned to the American League in '09 after seven seasons in the National League. He put forth his usual performance, which included a so-so batting average (.256) and little pop (.072 ISO). The shortstop also stole 12 bases in 16 tries, but his total successes dropped from 24 in '08 with the Cardinals. Izturis' slick-fielding ways will not help you in fantasy baseball but he does help to make the young Orioles' pitchers (especially ground-ballers like Brad Bergesen) better.
The Year Ahead:
Izturis recently turned 30, so he's entering the phase where we can expect his numbers to level off and start declining (and they don't have far to fall to make him irrelevant even in the deepest fantasy leagues). He's currently an AL-only option or a desperate pick-up in mixed leagues if you think his 10-15 steals can help you... you're not going to get much else out of him. He could be a waiver-wire addition as a placeholder for your regular, injured shortstop, but you're in a lot of trouble if you rely on him for more than that in 2010. (Marc Hulet)
Izturis has seemingly been around since the dark ages, but he’ll be a mere 31 years old when the 2011 season begins. Izturis has sustained a career thanks to his ability to “hit” from both sides of the plate and play above-average defense at shortstop. The Orioles were not happy with his production in 2010, so they brought in J.J. Hardy via trade to take over as the starting shortstop. Izturis elected to stay in Baltimore, and he will serve as the backup to Hardy and second baseman Brian Roberts. Izturis has only been a viable fantasy option twice during his ten-year career, and that may even be pushing it. Unless he spends the entire offseason in the weight room and then plays in 150 games, he won’t be worth diddly squat. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Izturis has been in the league for awhile, but is rarely a fantasy option. Barring serious injuries, he'll spend the majority of 2011 on the bench, so stay away from him.
About a decade ago,Cesar Izturis seemed like a sort of poor man's Adam Everett -- an excellent defensive shortstop who could not hit a lick. That was his peak. Barely hitting a lick seems like a distant dream, now, as Izturis has not had an on-base percentage over .280 since 2009, when he blew memories of Rickey Henderson away with .294. Who can forget how he wowed former Hank Aaron fans with his four home runs in 2004? Perhaps what is most amazing about Izturis recently is that he still played in 150 games for the Orioles in 2010 despite hitting .230/.277/.268. At least he used to somehow get double-digit steals numbers while being horrible in all other relevant fantasy categories, but age and injuries have put a damper on that. As of this writing, Izturis has not caught on with a club for 2013. If he does, it will be as a utility player at the end of the bench. It is difficult to imagine a league in which he will be valuable. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Cesar Izturis may have been valuable in some very deep fantasy leagues a few years ago. He is not any more.
It's fascinating that Cesar Izturis keeps gaining employment, since he can't hit (.277 on-base percentage over the last five seasons), doesn't add power or speed, and is only mildly useful these days up the middle with the glove. He's more or less the perfect example of "replacement player" when discussing WAR, yet teams still let him stick around. Needless to say, if he ever did have any fantasy value, those days are long, long gone.
The Quick Opinion:
Cesar Izturis? In a fantasy league, in 2014? You're joking, right?
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