Astros, Izturis agree to Minor League deal

The Astros added some depth to their infield mix Monday by agreeing with Cesar Izturis to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, CBS Sports.com reported.

Izturis, 33, has played with nine teams in his 13-year career, spending 2013 with the Cincinnati Reds. He appeared in 63 games and hit .209 in 129 at-bats while splitting time between primarily second base and shortstop.

The switch-hitter won a Gold Glove with the Dodgers in 2004 and made his only All-Star appearance a year later. He’s a career .254 hitter with 17 homers and 312 RBIs in 1,310 games. In addition to adding some depth, Izturis gives the Astros a veteran to work with starting second baseman Jose Altuve, who’s also from Venezuela, and shortstop Jonathan Villar.

The Astros also have Venezuelan infielder Marwin Gonzalez coming back this year and capable of playing shortstop and second base. Izturis has spent most of his career at shortstop, but he also played second, third and made a few appearances at first.

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