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Boston Red Sox sign former All-Star Grady Sizemore to one-year deal

Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on September 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio
(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox haven’t made quite as big of a splash as the New York Yankees this off-season, but the team is addressing some needs. As Boston.com reports on Jan. 22, the Red Sox have signed former Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal with a base salary of $750,000 that could earn the former All-Star up to $6 million if he remains healthy.

This would’ve been a major signing a few seasons ago as Sizemore was one of the more productive center fielders in the league, but injury has had Sizemore out of the major leagues since 2011. Signing the 31-year-old Sizemore is a low risk, high rewards type signing for the Red Sox.

What doe the signing mean for Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr., who is slated to replace Jacoby Ellsbury?

According to Sox manager John Farrell, the young outfield is very much still in the mix.

“It doesn’t take Jackie out of the mix at all. There’s questions that we have to answer in spring training with our roster. So the fact of Grady signing and being added to our roster doesn’t remove Jackie from our club. I think one of the things that [general manager Ben Cherington] and all of us have set out in these final weeks before spring training is add to the depth of our team, and Grady certainly does that right now.”

Sizemore has had multiple surgeries that have kept him away from the game. He has had surgery on his elbow, left and right knee, back as well as two hernia repairs. His last game in the major leagues was on Sept. 22, 2011. So there is concern about his ability to stay healthy.

At the height of his career, Grady Sizemore was a leadoff hitter with power, speed and stout defensively. If he regains any bit of that, he could fill the void left by Ellsbury.