February 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Izturis: "I'm A Shortstop"

Feb 17, 2006 4:53 PM

Cesar Izturis arrived at Dodgertown on Thursday, but he's still in limbo. The injured shortstop is clearly conflicted, caught between wanting to say the right things and occasionally letting slip that he is dismayed by events in the off-season. His recovery from elbow replacement surgery won't be complete until at least the All-Star break. So although he said he was surprised when General Manager Ned Colletti's first move was to sign shortstop Rafael Furcal, he understands the logic. "If I was the GM, I'd have done the same thing," Izturis said. However, the idea of moving to second base doesn't sit well with Izturis, who won the Gold Glove in 2004 and has been the Dodger shortstop the last four years. "Second base? Who said that?" he said when asked how he felt about changing positions. "They haven't said anything to me about that."

L.A. Times

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Molina Signs One-Year Deal With Toronto

Feb 7, 2006 12:11 AM

Gold Glove catcher Bengie Molina and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed Monday to a $5 million, one-year contract. Molina will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $3 million salary this year under the agreement, and the deal contains a $7.5 million mutual option for 2007 with a $500,000 buyout. Molina spent his first eight years with the Los Angeles Angels and hit a career-best .295 last season with 15 home runs and 69 RBI. He won Gold Glove Awards in 2002 and 2003. The New York Mets spoke with Molina in November and offered an $18 million, three-year contract. New York then had the chance to acquire Paul Lo Duca from the Florida Marlins and withdrew the offer to Molina before negotiations really began.

ESPN

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