Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Red Sox has signed three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal with a base salary of $750,000.
Performance bonuses could raise his pay to a total of $6 million.
Signing Sizemore was just the type of low-risk, potentially high-return bargain Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington on Tuesday had said the club was looking in time for opening of camp Feb. 15.
Before Sizemore was signed, the Sox were thinking of sliding Shane Victorino to center field if Jackie Bradley Jr. faltered in his bid to claim the job in spring training.
Bradley Jr. still is favored to open the season in center field, but the Sox have brought in some competition with Sizemore
“We added Grady because, one, he’s available and, two, it provides some competition,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We don’t have a projected number of games that we look at that he might be available for. We have to gradually build that up, build his endurance up.”
He is a career .269 hitter with 139 home runs in parts of eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians. His best season came in 2008, when he hit 33 homers, stole 38 bases and finished 10th in American League MVP balloting.
But Sizemore has appeared in only 104 games since 2009 because of assorted injuries. He has had seven surgeries since September 2009: two for a sports hernia (2009 and 2011), one on his elbow (2009), one on his back (2012) and three on his knees (one on his left, two on his right).