The Red Sox have agreed to a guaranteed major league contract with outfielder Grady Sizemore, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It's a one-year deal worth $750,000 that can be worth up to $6 million based on incentives.
Sizemore, 31, has not played since 2011 due to continued injury problems. He has had seven surgeries since 2009: left elbow (2009), sports hernia (2009), left knee (2010), another sports hernia (2011), right knee (2011), lower back (2012) and another on the right knee (2012). It's a long list.
Before the injuries, Sizemore was one of the best and most dynamic players in baseball. He hit .281/.372/.496 (128 OPS+) with 107 home runs and 115 stolen bases from 2005-08 and received MVP votes all four seasons. Since 2009, Sizemore has hit only .234/.314/.413 (93 OPS+) in 210 games.
The Red Sox lost Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency this winter and are expected to plug prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. into center field. Sizemore figures to step in as an extra outfielder rather than an everyday player given his injury history.
The Reds were in talks with Sizemore recently, but things reportedly fell apart due to injury concerns.