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Dec 27, 2012 7:55pm
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The Toronto Blue Jays have added some much needed middle infield depth. Reggie Wayne Womens Jersey . On Thursday, the
club signed free agent Maicer Izturis to a three-year, $9M deal.  The contract
includes a $3-million team option for the 2016 season with a $1-million buyout..
The 32-year-old hit .256 in 289 at-bats, with 17 stolen bases last season with
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Izturis, who can play second, third and
shortstop, had his best season in 2009 when he hit .300, and recorded 13 stolen
bases and eight home runs. The Jays need some infield depth after dealing
Mike Aviles to the Cleveland Indians.  Kelly Johnson, who has been the Jays
starter at second base for the last season and a half, is a free agent and is
not expected to be resigned by the club. Also on Thursday, the Jays added relief
pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. The
25-year-old spent the majority of the last two seasons in Triple-A.  In the last
three seasons, hes accumulated 38.2 innings in the Majors, posting 34
strikeouts, 30 walks with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. To make room on the 40-man
roster for Jeffress and Izturis, the team designated LHP Scott Maine for
assignment.  Coby Fleener Womens Jersey . Quintanilla was
designated for assignment by the Mets on Tuesday when they activated outfielder
Jason Bay from the disabled list. Reggie Wayne Youth Jersey . Maybin was
unproductive this year, registering just one tackle without any sacks on a team
desperate for a pass rushing presence. http://www.coltsteamstore.com/donnie-avery-jersey
. The result was worth it. Rolen hustled for a triple and rushed home on an
infield out for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds won
their fifth straight game, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Johnny Unitas Jersey . If he can fire up the
fans back at home, too, the Washington Capitals could be in store for a deep
playoff run. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining to snap a tie
and gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the
Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday night. Dwight Freeney Jersey . – Seemingly headed
toward another embarrassing loss to the NBAs worst team, the Sacramento Kings
produced one of the best comebacks of the season. As part of TSNs countdown to
the 2012 NHL Draft, TSN.ca is providing reports for all seven Canadian teams
going into the big event on June 22. Our coverage continues with the Ottawa
Senators. General Manager: Bryan Murray Top Draft Position: No. 15 Overall
Recent First Round Picks: C Mika Zibanejad (2011), D Jared Cowen (2009), D
Erik Karlsson (2008), C Jim OBrien (2007), LW Nick Foligno (2006), D Brian Lee
(2005), D Andrej Meszaros (2004). Overview: Many Senators fans continue to pinch
themselves to confirm that last season did in fact happen and was not all a
dream. In a year when most pundits picked Ottawa to finish dead last in the
Eastern Conference, if not the league, they managed to stay competitive all
year, briefly challenge for the division title and hold on for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the East. Since it was supposed to be a re-building year,
the Senators prospect cupboard is quite well-stocked as youngsters such as
Jared Cowen, Bobby Butler, Kaspars Daugavins and Zack Smith were all able to
make key contributions. In his nine-game stint, 2011 first-round pick
Mika Zibanejad showed flashes of offensive talent, but also that he needed to
work on his game further. Mark Stone and Jakob Silfverberg also got a taste of
life in the big leagues as they saw action in the first round of the playoffs
against the New York Rangers. Short Term Needs: Despite the fact that he played
like he was 10 years his junior in the playoffs, Daniel Alfredsson is 39-years
old and in the back nine of what has been a wonderful career. Full seasons from
Zibanejad, Stone and Sifverberg may help provide some of the offence needed to
replace the greatest player in franchise history, but no one can replace his
experience or leadership. The Sens may be well-served trading their first-round
pick for another big veteran voice in the locker room. The good news is that if
they choose to keep the pick, Ottawa has the opportunity to select the best
available player at the 15 slot and are not boxed in by any pressing immediate
needs. Long Term Needs: With lots of offensive talent on display and even more
on the way, few teams found the back of the net as often as the Senators last
year. Unfortunately, few teams allowed as many goals as the Senators as well. 
They appear to be set in near for both the present (Craig Anderson) and the
future (Ben Bishop/Robin Lehner), but the defence corps could use an added
injection of youth.  Cowen and Norris Trophy nominee Erik Karlsson are a step in
the right direction, but veterans such as Chris Phillips, Sergei Gonchar and
Filip Kuba will need to be replaced at some point.  Since the 2012 draft class
appears to be quuite deep on the blue line, there is no time like the present to
begin the re-stocking process. Coby Fleener Youth Jersey. .   Prospect Watch
From Scott Cullen: The sixth overall pick last summer, Mika Zibanejad played
nine games with the Senators before returning to Sweden for another season. The
19-year-old is a strong two-way talent and while hell need time to develop, he
could be ready for a full-time job as soon as next season. After scoring 54
points in 49 Swedish Elite League games, Jakob Silfverberg joined the Senators
for a couple of playoff games. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick in 2009
and has grown into more of an offensive threat. The Senators second first-round
pick last year, Stefan Noesen has been productive enough in two OHL seasons to
think that he might ultimately find his way into a top six role, but seems safe
to expect in a top-nine role if his offence doesnt develop in the pros. A
sixth-round pick in 2010, Mark Stone is a big winger with a scoring touch. His
skating is a question mark, but after 229 points in his last two junior seasons
and an assist in his one playoff games with the Senators, it does appear that
Stones size and scoring touch will overcome any skating questions. Goaltender
Robin Lehner played well (2.01 GAA, .935 SV%) in five games with Ottawa last
season, but the 20-year-olds AHL numbers suggest that it wouldnt hurt him to
spend more time growing in the minors and, with Ben Bishop signed, there is no
reason to rush him. Injuries have hampered Matt Puempels development, but he did
get healthy enough for nine late-season AHL games. Staying healthy for a full
year of development in 2012-2013 should be goal No. 1. Shane Prince is a pretty
skilled player, and 178 points in 116 OHL games over the last two seasons is
reason for hope that, with some time in the American League, he can dispell any
concerns about his lack of size and strength. A solid physical defenceman,
Ottawa native Mark Borowiecki earned a couple of games with the Senators last
season and might be able to compete for a job next season, but part of the
reason for that is that Ottawa isnt exactly overrun with top defence prospects
at the moment. Patrick Wiercioch was expected to be one of the Senators top
defence prospects when he came out of Denver University a couple of years ago,
but the 21-year-old likely needs some more time before hes considered for an NHL
job. A fourth-round pick in 2008, Andre Petersson was productive in his first
year in North America, so the 21-year-old is at least worth watching for further
improvement. Centres Mike Hoffman and Stephane Da Costa are a couple more
forwards that might be on the radar after relatively productive AHL seasons. ’ ’
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