Izturis inks 3-year, $10 million deal
The Angels avoided arbitration with reserve infielder Maicer Izturis, signing him to a three-year, $10 million contract on Monday.
The deal provides a $500,000 signing bonus, with salaries of $2.6 million this year, $3.1 million in 2011 and $3.8 million in 2012.
Izturis, 29, is coming off his finest offensive season, in which the native of Venezuela batted .300 with eight home runs and 65 RBIs in 114 games.
He likely will play a variety of positions this summer, but he could also push youngster Brandon Wood for the everyday third base job this spring.
Izturis made $1.6 million last year with the AL West champions. He asked for $3 million and the Angels offered $2.3 million.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.