Maicer Izturis agrees to $10 million contract with Blue Jays

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Maicer Izturis throws out Los Angeles Angels shortstop Maicer Izturis throws out a baserunner during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the ALCS against the Yankees. Photo Credit: AP, 2009

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Infielder Maicer Izturis became the first major league free agent this offseason to join a new team, agreeing Thursday to a $10 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto said the deal was for $3 million annually. The team has a $3 million option for 2016 option with a $1 million buyout.

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The 32-year-old hit .256 with 17 steals in 19 tries, two homers and 20 RBIs this year for the Los Angeles Angels. After reaching the big leagues with the Montreal Expos in 2004, Izturis spent eight years with the Angels. He has a .273 career average with 81 steals.

Toronto also purchased right-hander Jeremy Jeffress from Kansas City. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Royals this year.

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