After being designated for assignment just three days ago by the Washington Nationals, infielder Cesar Izturis has elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse. Izturis is now free to sign with any interested team.
The veteran infielder had not been with Washington long after coming over from Milwaukee via a waiver claim earlier this month. In 173 plate appearances on the season between the two clubs he’s hit a combined .241/.254/.343 while appearing all across the infield. That versatility was why the Nationals brought him aboard in the first place, given the team’s need for depth while Ian Desmond was on the shelf with an oblique injury. Once Desmond returned, however, Izturis was no longer needed and lost out to the roster crunch.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson, however, saw the value the veteran brought to the club and was quickly to opine that he’d be interested in bringing Izturis back once September came around – provided the 32 year old is still available. Such a move will be easier said than done, of course, given the organization’s lack of wiggle room on their 40-man roster but it’s not entirely out of the question at this point in time.