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Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore to one-year, $5 million deal

Nov 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

Three weeks after declining their $8.5 million option on Grady Sizemore the Indians have re-signed the oft-injured outfielder to a one-year, $5 million contract.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal also includes up to $4 million in additional incentives and Sizemore received a $500,000 buyout to become a free agent in the first place, so basically he can earn the entirety of the option that was declined if he stays healthy.

Sizemore reportedly drew offers from quite a few teams, but focused on negotiating with the Indians last week and clearly wanted to remain in Cleveland if possible. Agreeing to a one-year deal with no option for 2013 gives him a chance to get healthy and recoup his value with an eye toward hitting the free agent market again next winter at age 29 and the Indians apparently plan to keep him in center field.

From the Indians’ point of view they essentially changed $4 million in guaranteed money into $4 million in incentives for a one-time franchise building block who hasn’t been healthy and productive since 2008, missing 276 of a possible 486 games since then. It seems like a win-win move for both sides, but there’s no doubt that Sizemore’s career is at a major crossroads.

  1. lembeck4 - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Are Grady’s Ladies now somehow an incentive in this deal?

  2. Ben - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Seems fair. If he stays healthy he’s Michael Cuddyer without investing in guaranteed years, if he doesn’t they’re out 5 million bucks.

    It’s a little unreal he’d hit FA next year at 29. Seems like he’s been arounds for an eternity. What a career he could have had if he had stayed healthy.

  3. bigtrav425 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    as a tribe fan I am disgusted right now..im so pissed I wanna punch someone in the face!….this was and is a bad move.we need Brantley to play cf so we can go get. rh stick!! how hard is it to see that???!!…..guess were gonna have to wait for next yr again tribe fans….thanks to the tribes obsession with mr.overrated!

  4. irishbuckeye - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Bigtrav is a moron. What right handed LF’s out there are worthy for the Indians to sign… Especially at only 5 mil!?! Good, smart deal for the tribe.

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