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Izturis returning to O's

Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 4:49 pm
Cesar Izturis
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.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:54 pm

Izturis returning to O's


Wow, I really had to laugh that one off... I as well as every other die hard Orioles fan goes down to Baltimore every single year, multiple times!  What we don't do cool guy is we don't waste our time, money, and voice boxes to go down and pay "premium" pricing to see the teams that don't have as much money as us put all star caliber teams on the field every single year!

When checking how much money the Orioles actually have coming in every year from MASN now, and other affiliates, mixed in with Angelos' money...  Ridiculous amounts!!!

But what does old Peter do??? Makes it more cushy for all those Stanks and Sux fans to come and watch their team beast us year in and year out. We put more money into stadium upgrades then we did pick up quality free agents!  I say that because I do not call Reynolds and Hardy quality.  I call them fools gold for fans like you!

Pick up Prince or we are going to be basement dwellers for years and years to come...

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 9:33 am

Izturis returning to O's

We are one of the top 3 richest teams

Just wondering, what is your source on this matter? Sure the Orioles have a decently rich owner (as most baseball teams do), but they are operated on a budget. We shouldn't be so naive as to believe that he or any owner needs to open their own pockets any more than they already have to build the team.

Here's a nice thought: so-called Orioles fans need to go to the ballpark more often. That's right, when WE start going to the games and actually filling up more than 15,000 seats at a time THEN we will see the budget increase and higher contracts awarded to free agents.

Sure, losing keeps people from going to the ballpark and all that jazz, but instead of whining on a blog that Andy MacPhail and other Orioles insiders don't pay any attention to, why don't you organize a group outing or 80 of your friends to some O's games in 2011.

Then we can offer more than $48 million to subpar, aging catchers like Victor Martinez.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:56 pm

Izturis returning to O's


McPhail says, "Grow arms, and buy bats!"

MARK REYNOLDS??????  Ryan Howard's saving grace the last few seasons.  With absolutely no protection in that line up watch for a career high in strikeouts for ol' Mark...

JJ HARDY??????  They would've been better off with Miguel Tejada.

You better get PRINCE FIELDER Andy... Or I am done.  We are one of the top 3 richest teams, so why in the hell are we still signing retards and not offering coin to the real free agents like... Dunn, Gonzalez, V-Mart, Werth, Crawford... The list goes on and on!

Thank god you didn't sign Carlos Pena though.  Then I would've been on the first bus to Baltimore to kick some ass!

Get Prince or the O's won't be a contender for another 15 years!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:45 pm

Izturis returning to O's

Bad move. Hardy will be on the bench by the AS break. Izturis is a gold glover who should be starting.

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:58 pm

Izturis returning to O's

Harris and Izturis are essentially same player.....don't understand the O's.  They need to get LaRoche ASAP and find another LF.....and pick-up some pitching.  I would trade L.Scott for pitching.....and do everything I could to acquire Grinke / Garza.   

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