The Orioles gave away his starting shortstop job, but Cesar Izturis will return as a utility player. The Baltimore Sun reports that he has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, which is pending a physical.
J.J. Hardy, acquired from the Twins, is Baltimore's starting shortstop, and the team also acquired Brendan Harris in that deal. But manager Buck Showalter reportedly likes Izturis, 30, for his versatility and clubhouse presence. Orioles fans will like seeing him at the plate far less often -- his .545 OPS last season was the lowest among American League regular players by 54 points.
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