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Phillies sign Grady Sizemore to minor-league contract

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Phillies are taking a flyer on Grady Sizemore. (USATSI)
The Phillies are taking a flyer on Grady Sizemore. (USATSI)

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Not long after being cut loose by the Red Sox, outfielder Grady Sizemore has caught on with another club. On Tuesday, the Phillies announced that they signed Sizemore to a minor-league contract. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman adds that Sizemore will have an opt-out in July.

Sizemore, 31, batted .216/.288/.324 in 205 plate appearances for the Red Sox this season before being released. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 118 across parts of nine big-league seasons.

That Sizemore even spent time on a major-league roster in 2014 is in itself remarkable. This, after all, is a player who's endured injury upon injury, hadn't played in the majors since 2011 and hadn't performed at a high level since 2008. Still, hard to blame the Phils for taking a low-cost flyer on a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, no matter how unlikely it is he'll contribute on an extended basis.

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