Roy Dabner Los Angeles Angels infielder Maicer Izturis works on his bunting skills during spring training baseball, Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in Tempe, Ariz. The Toronto Blue Jays have signed infielder Izturis to a three-year deal worth US$3 million a season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Roy Dabner

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays signed infielder Maicer Izturis to a US$10-million, three-year deal Thursday and acquired right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.

Izturis, a 32-year-old native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, appeared in 100 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season. He posted a .256 average with two home runs, 20 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts.

The Blue Jays said the deal was for $3 million annually. The contract includes a $3-million team option for the 2016 season with a $1-million buyout.

Izturis spent eight years with the Angels after breaking into the majors in 2004 with the Montreal Expos. In 791 career games, the five-foot-eight, 175-pound switch-hitter has a .273 average and a .337 on-base percentage while splitting time primarily between second base, third base and shortstop.

Jeffress, a 25-year-old native of South Boston, Va., did not record a decision in 13 relief appearances for the Royals last season. The six-foot, 195-pounder allowed 19 hits over 13 1/3 innings and posted a 6.75 earned-run average.

Over parts of three seasons with the Royals and Milwaukee Brewers, Jeffress has two wins, one loss, one save and a 4.89 ERA in 37 big-league appearances.

The Blue Jays also designated left-hander Scott Maine for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

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