Angels retain longtime utility man

Updated: February 11, 2010, 10:20 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Angels have reached agreement on a minor league deal to retain longtime reserve infielder Robb Quinlan.

The move makes sense since the Angels are desperately thin on reserves, with Maicer Izturis the one proven backup infielder. Quinlan, who can back up Kendry Morales at first base and play a little third base and outfield, is a .281 lifetime hitter in seven seasons with the Angels.

Quinlan, 33, played sparingly in 2009, batting .243 in 115 at-bats.

"Robb has been an integral part of this team since joining the big league club in 2003," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said in a statement. "It is very rare to find a player with the flexibility and mindset that he maintains."

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
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.