Angels give infielder Izturis $10 million deal

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels and infielder Maicer Izturis have agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract through 2012.
The deal comes after Izturis asked for $3 million in what was to be his last year of arbitration eligibility. The Angels proposed a $2.3 million salary.
Assuming that the two sides would have eventually settled at the midpoint, the Angels are essentially buying out Izturis’ first two years of free agency for $7.35 million. The 29-year-old utilityman hit a career-best .300/.359/.434 with eight homers and 65 RBI in 387 at-bats last season. He finished the year as the starting second baseman against righties, but Howie Kendrick is expected to get every opportunity to win back that job this spring.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.