Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 11/1/12
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy. I was going to skip over the likes of César Izturis in these wrap ups, but I was encouraged by a few people not to pass them over. So here I am, writing about a guy with four plate appearances in five games in a Washington Nationals uniform this season. Izturis never started a game or entered a game for the Nationals before the seventh inning, but he went 2-for-4 in those appearances. Izturis made his way to the Nats for two simple reasons: Ian Desmond was out with an oblique injury, and Mark DeRosa was out with a groin injury. With those two guys out and Danny Espinosa and Steve Lombardozzi playing regularly, the team had no back up middle infielders. Before coming to the Nats, Izturis played in a good number of games with the Milwaukee Brewers as their shortstop. Next year: To my surprise, César Izturis is only 32 years old. When I heard the Nats had acquired him off the waiver wire in early August, I was under the erroneous assumption that he was in his late-30s. It seems likely that Izturis will find a platoon/bench role with some team in baseball for next season. He provides a well-below average bat, but his defense is pretty good, and he could fit in with the right team. That team just won’t be the Nats. Next up: #7 Mark DeRosa
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