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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Halting The Revolving Door: DePo Re-Signs Izturis

dodgers.com reports Cesar Izturis has been signed, for 3 years and $9.9M. A good deal for the Dodgers, and good for the club's future. For years, prior to Izturis' arrival on the scene as a full-time starter, the Dodgers had no idea what to do at shortstop. Consider:
Year  Player         AB    Avg/OBP/SLG    VORP  Rate2
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2002  Cora          258  .291/.371/.434   24.7   95
2002  Izturis       439  .232/.253/.303  -12.5   93

2001  Cora          405  .217/.285/.306   -4.8   91
2001  J Reboulet    214  .266/.367/.397   14.3   56

2000  Cora          353  .238/.302/.357    5.6   94
2000  K Elster      220  .227/.341/.455   15.6   82
2000  J Vizcaino     93  .204/.283/.247   -3.9   93

1999  Grudzielanek  193  .326/.375/.436   42.7   93
1999  Vizcaino       94  .252/.295/.297   -3.6   92

1998  Grudzielanek  193  .264/.282/.326    4.2  111
1998  J Vizcaino    237  .262/.300/.338    4.7  103
1998  J Castro      220  .195/.236/.255  -12.4  105
So going back a little ways, you see that the Dodgers tried -- and failed -- a number of platoons, none of which were really successful: This kind of revolving door isn't surprising considering the farm's low estate during most of the 90's. That the Dodgers have the kind of confidence in Izturis that they can keep him around for three years at a modest contract is a distinct positive.

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