Izturis inks 3-year, $10 million deal

Updated: January 25, 2010, 10:09 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Angels avoided arbitration with reserve infielder Maicer Izturis, signing him to a three-year, $10 million contract on Monday.

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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.

Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar and Jeff Mathis are the Angels' three remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.