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.

Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery once the season ends

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The Angels announced on Tuesday that P/DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery during the first week of the offseason (next week). The surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The Angels don’t have a timetable for Ohtani’s recovery yet but will provide more information when it becomes available.

Ohtani, 24, underwent an MRI earlier this month which showed new damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He decided to play out most of the remainder of the season before making a decision. While Ohtani certainly wouldn’t be able to pitch next year, the Angels are confident that he will still be able to function as a full-time DH with no issues.

Ohtani had an outstanding first season in the majors. He hit .280/.361/.564 with 21 home runs, 56 RBI, 55 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 347 plate appearances. As a pitcher, he posted a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 22 walks in 51 2/3 innings across 10 starts.

The Angels have five games left this season, all at home. They have two more against the Rangers, are off Thursday, then wrap up the season with a three-game set with the Athletics.