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12/16/2008 7:59 AM ET
Orioles sign shortstop Izturis
Former Gold Glove winner will man short for Baltimore in '09
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The Orioles today announced that they have signed free-agent shortstop Cesar Izturis to a two-year contract through the 2010 season.

Izturis, 28, posted a .980 fielding percentage in 2008, which was third-best in the National League. He won the 2004 Rawlings Gold Glove Award at shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was a National League All-Star for the Dodgers in 2005.

The switch-hitting Venezuelan batted .290 (49-169) right-handed and .245 (60-245) left-handed while leading the Cardinals with 24 stolen bases in 2008. He has a .260 career batting average in 903 Major League games.

In his eight major league seasons, Izturis has played 800 games at shortstop (including 110 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008), 43 at second base and 47 at third base. He appeared in 135 games for St. Louis in 2008, the most since his 2004 campaign, in which he played in 159 contests.

Izturis made his Major League debut with Toronto in 2001, and in addition to his time with the Dodgers and Cardinals, has seen Major League action with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Izturis' younger brother, Macier, is an infielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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