Izturis signed, camp invites

The Reds on Monday announced 15 Spring Training non-roster invites. One of the more newsworthy is they signed veteran SS Cesar Izturis to a minor league deal.

Here is the full list: RHP Nick Christiani, LHP Wilkin De La Rosa, RHP Justin Freeman, RHP Drew Hayes, RHP Chad Rogers, C Nevin Ashley, C Tucker Barnhart, C Corky Miller, IF Emmanuel Burriss, IF Cesar Izturis, IF Kristopher Negron, OF Billy Hamilton, OF Ryan LaMarre, OF Denis Phipps and OF Derrick Robinson.

Izturis will compete for a backup middle infield spot with Burriss and Jason Donald.

“He adds competition, mainly defensively and he provides insurance,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said of Izturis. “With [Didi] Gregorius gone, we’re trying to add more depth there.”

A well-traveled former All-Star, Izturis is a lifetime .255 hitter over 12 seasons. He spent last season with the Nationals and Brewers, batting .241/.254/.343 in 62 games. He turns 33 on Feb. 10 and has also played for the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals and Orioles. Izturis has played 1,120 games at SS, 52 games at 3B and 48 games at 2B.

Also a big name on this list, but not a surprise, is top prospect Billy Hamilton. It will be Hamilton’s first big league camp and first Spring Training as an outfielder.

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Mark, do you know Corky Miller? If so, is he the sort of lifer-catcher that winds up managing? And if so, do the Reds pan to keep him in the organization after his playing days end?

Yep, I know him. I definitely think he has the respect of the pitching staff and clubhouse. Should he choose, he could be a coach or manager down the road. I’ve not asked anyone in the organization though if that’s a long range plan but it’s clear they view him as an asset since he’s been retained so often at his age, even though its been two years since he’s been in MLB.

How is he a ‘former All Star’? Did they retroactively take him off the team?

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