Blue Jays sign Maicer Izturis to a minor league deal

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John Lott reports that the Blue Jays have signed infielder Maicer Izturis to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He spent the last three seasons with the Jays but played in only 11 games in 2014 and missed all of last season due to groin and shoulder injuries.

Izturis, 35, is a career .269/.331/.372 hitter and has plenty of experience playing third base, second base, and shortstop, so he can serve as affordable depth for the Jays. They had paid him him $10 million over the past three seasons but declined his 2016 option.