The Boston Red Sox signed former Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal worth a reported $750,000 on Wednesday. It’s a guranteed major league contract that could be worth up to $6 million based on incentives structured into the contract.
Sizemore, 31, has been plagued by a slew of injuries in recent years. He’s underwent a whopping seven surgeries since 2009 and last played in the bigs in 2011. Various elbow, hernia, knee and back issues have kept him sidelined, sending his career into a tailspin.
Sizemore did draw interest from numerous clubs, but they all ultimately decided to pass on him because of his injury-ridden past.
Once considered one of the elite outfielders in the game, Sizemore is a low-risk high-reward investment for Boston. He’s been working hard to regain his form and feels confident as spring training draws near.
When at the top of his game, Sizemore showcased both power and speed. He swiped 115 bags and slugged 107 homers in a three year span from 2005-2008, serving as an integral part of the Cleveland batting order.
Because he’s only appeared in 210 games since 2008, his value plummeted. The Sox capitalized with a salary cap friendly deal.
Jackie Bradley Jr. will more than likely begin the upcoming season as Boston’s starting center fielder, though Sizemore could potentially challenge for the job. Otherwise he’ll provide the team with added outfield depth with Jacoby Ellsbury departing town for the New York Yankees.
Bradley Jr., along with Shane Victorino, and Daniel Nava project to be the starting outfield. Sizemore, Mike Carp, and Johnny Gomes will all surely challenge for their fair amount of playing time.
It’s been a quiet offseason for the defending champs, but the moves made so far have been effective ones.