O's closing in on Izturis
The Orioles remain focused on signing free agent shortstop Cesar Izturis, and a source told O's beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec that the club is getting closer to getting the deal done that would fill one of its biggest offseason needs.
Izturis played in 114 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last year, batting .263 with 24 stolen bases. The O's continue to put a big emphasis on team speed this winter. The deal they are about to announce with the Reds brings them a player (Ryan Freel) who has stolen more than 35 bases three times in his career.