ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon has the details of the new multi-year deal the Angels have agreed to with infielder Maicer Izturis to avoid salary arbitration. Izturis and the club exchanged figures less than a week ago, with a hearing set for early February.
The deal locks up the 29 year-old through the next three years, buying out two seasons of free agency eligibility. In addition to a $500,000 signing bonus, Izturis will receive salaries of $2.6 million, $3.1 million in 2011 and $3.8 million in 2012. Izturis had sought $3 million in arbitration compared to the $2.3 million offered by the Angels. Izturis' deal falls $100,000 shy of the midpoint between the two parties, and represents a 62.5% raise over his 2009 salary of $1.6 million
Izturis enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, posting career bests at nearly every offensive measure. His batting line of .300/.359/.434 was by far the best of his career. Izturis posted these numbers while playing all over the infield, primarily spelling Howie Kendrick at second base. He may shift back to shortstop if the Angels move Erick Aybar to third to replace the Chone Figgins who signed with Seattle this offseason.
Izturis' signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 28. The Angels have three pending cases with arbitration eligible players. They will have until hearings begin in February to sign Aybar, Joe Saunders and Jeff Mathis. Please visit the salary arbitration figures page for more information.
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