Cubs Dump Izturis On Pirates

The Deal

The Cubs continue to make their run at the Brewers in the National League Central, and they continue to make moves. On Thursday, they gave Cesar Izturis to the Pirates for a player to be named. Chicago also contributed cash toward the remainder of Izturis’ $4.15 million salary for 2007.

Update: The Cubs received cash considerations to complete the deal.

The Big Leaguers
The 27-year-old Izturis never has done much offensively, and his lack of ability with the bat cost him his starting job with the Cubs. Izturis hit just .246/.298/.304 with no homers and eight RBIs in 65 games, and Ryan Theriot supplanted him at shortstop. Izturis also seems to have lost a step in the field. In Pittsburgh, he’ll be reunited with manager Jim Tracy, for whom he was a Gold Glover (2004) and all-star (2005) with the Dodgers. Izturis is in the final guaranteed year of a three-year, $9.9 million contract he signed with Los Angeles, which traded him to Chicago for Greg Maddux last July. That contract includes a $5.45 million club option for 2008. Izturis is a career .258/.295/.334 hitter with 11 homers and 199 RBIs in 723 contests.
Quick Take
Izturis wasn’t starting and offers almost nothing off to bench, so it made sense for the Cubs to basically give him away. He and fellow shortstop Jack Wilson ($5.25 million) now have the two highest salaries on the Pirates, which means that the trade rumors surrounding Wilson could come to fruition.

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