Grady Sizemore has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. The deal is reportedly worth $5 million with the possibility of an extra $4 million in incentives.
In October the Indians declined their 2012 option on Sizemore that would pay him $8.5 million in 2012. Sizmore will now have the ability to make more money than he was originally owed this season, but the Indians will have increased protection against the 29-year-old's injury history.
From 2009-2011, Sizemore has played in just 210 out of 486 games for the Indians after a series of injuries resulted in major stints on the disabled list for three consecutive seasons. From 2005-2008, however, Sizemore missed just five games and was considered by many to be one of the most talented young players in baseball. In 2011 the three-time All-Star hit just .224/.285/.422 with 10 home runs in 71 games. Throughout his eight year career he has posted a 162 game average of .269/.357/.473 with 25 home runs and 24 stolen bases.