With one eye on the shaky market and another on his injury-filled track record, infielder Maicer Izturis forfeited a shot at a starting job in free agency in favor of a guaranteed $10 million from the Angels.
"He's never had the security of a guaranteed contract, much less a multiyear guaranteed contract," agent Peter Greenberg said. "He's very happy."
Izturis, 29, set career highs in virtually every offensive category last season, batting .300 with eight home runs and 13 stolen bases. He is expected to compete with Brandon Wood at third base but also back up Erick Aybar at shortstop and Howie Kendrick at second base.
"They really like Maicer's versatility," Greenberg said.
In avoiding arbitration with Izturis, the Angels guaranteed him $2.6 million this year, $3.1 million next year and $3.8 million in 2012, with a $500,000 signing bonus and up to $300,000 in incentive bonuses based on plate appearances in 2011 and 2012.