The Astros signed utility infielder Cesar Izturis to a minor league deal on Monday.
Izturis, not to be confused with his half brother and longtime Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim Macier, is a 13-year veteran who hit .209 last year in 129 AB for the Cincinnati Reds. He will attempt to win a reserve spot in the rebuilding Houston infield for the 2014 season.
Only with Baltimore in 2011 – and in a meager 33 plate appearances – did Izturis have a lower batting average (.200).
The 33-year old Venezuelan will hope to add the Astros to his wall of uniforms, which comprises of the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals and the Reds.