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How Maicer Izturis Could Fit into Atlanta Braves Plans

January 12th, 2012 at 4:04 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Dave O'Brien tweeted recently that Frank Wren has the ability to trade for players who are not always on the front burner of the hot stove. He added that Maicer Izturis of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would "fit that bill" for the Atlanta Braves.

Izturis is an eight-year veteran and the brother of Cesar Izturis. He has spent his entire career with the Angels, saving 2004 when he broke in with the Montreal Expos. He has also spent time playing shortstop, second base and third base in every season since 2005.

Though Izturis has played the most games in his career at third, he played 49 games at second base last season, followed by 37 games at third base and 16 games at shortstop. He is generally regarded as the Angels' super utility man and appeared in 122 games in 2011. Though Dan Uggla rarely takes a day off, Izturis could also spell Tyler Pastornicky and Chipper Jones without yanking around Martin Prado.

Often compared to Prado with less pop in his bat, Izturis is a .275 hitter with a solid glove. He also is willing to work a walk, which shows up with a .339 OBP.

What may keep the Angles out of a potential trade at the moment is that their spending spree to acquire Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson screams that they are trying to win in 2012, so they may not want to part with a reliable role player like Izturis. Though he would probably be a good fit for the Braves' needs, Wren may have to give up too much to quench the Angels' demand for him.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Frank Wren, Maicer Izturis, MLB

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