From the article:
|But second baseman Jeff Kent had been expected to move to first after Izturis returned, with Izturis replacing Kent at second.|
However, it is unlikely that the Dodgers would ask Kent and Garciaparra to change positions if they both were hitting well, creating the possibility that Izturis could be used in a utility role. Izturis, one of the top defensive shortstops in the National League, is only 25. But he has lost his primary position to the Dodgers' biggest off-season pickup, free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal.
The issue is one the Dodgers do not need to address right away. By the time Izturis returns, it's possible that injury or ineffectiveness will create an infield opening. But Garciaparra emphasized during his negotiations that he wanted to play one position, rather than be shifted around. It's highly unlikely he would move to left field, another position he has never played, in the middle of a season.
Izturis, in my opinion, is highly overrrated offensively. Izturis will probably be ready after Tommy John surgery some time around the All-Star break.
I imagine that if the Dodgers are not in the hunt, they can dump one of their big guys in the infield to a contender, and Izturis will have a spot.
I suspect that the Dodgers, in that feeble NL West, will be in the hunt... meaning: Izturis is very expendable. The only question mark will be -- what will any team be willing to put out for this guy?