The Tampa Bay Rays signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor-league contract on Monday. Sizemore was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 1.
In 39 games with the Phillies this season, Sizemore batted .245 with six RBIs, five doubles and a .584 OPS over 104 plate appearances. He signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in June 2014 after the Boston Red Sox released him.
Sizemore was an All-Star from 2006 to 2008 and has won two Gold Glove Awards (2007, 2008). He also made baseball’s “30–30” club in 2008 when he recorded 33 home runs and 38 stolen bases to go along with a .268 batting average and a career-high 90 RBIs.
After playing in at least 157 games in every season from 2005 to 2008 and 106 in 2009, Sizemore underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010 and right knee in 2012. He sat out the 2012 and 2013 seasons before signing with the Red Sox in January 2014.
- Mike Fiammetta