Phillies Bring Back Grady Sizemore with One-Year Deal
Outfielder Grady Sizemore has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Phillies, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. The contract includes performance bonuses.
Sizemore, 32, hit .233 with 19 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 27 RBI in 112 combined games between the Phillies and Boston Red Sox this past season. In 60 games for the Phillies, he batted .253 with three home runs and 12 RBI while making 36 starts: 19 in left field, 11 in right field and six in center field.
Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent on June 24, Sizemore played in 11 games for triple-A Lehigh Valley before being called up to the major league roster on July 11. He was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 2000 draft and traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2002. With the Indians, Sizemore was selected to three All-Star teams and won two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger. He is a career .266 hitter with a .352 on-base percentage, 144 home runs, 140 stolen bases and 485 RBI in 1,004 games for the Indians (2004-11), Red Sox (2014) and Phillies (2014).
Additionally, the Phillies avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez by agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2015 season.