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Indians resign Sizemore

November 23, 2011
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Grady Sizemore
Today the Indians announced that they have re-signed free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one year contract. The deal will pay him a $5 million base salary which includes an additional $4 million in incentives which will not begin to kick in until he reaches 450 at bats.

Sizemore, 29, is a three-time American League All-Star (2006-08) and is the only player in the 111-year history of the Indians to amass 200 career doubles, 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. He owns an 8-year career Major League batting average of .269 (948-3527) with 216 doubles, 43 triples, 139 home runs and 458 RBI in 892 games over 8 seasons since debuting with Cleveland in 2004. He is just 52 hits shy of 1,000 for his career and in 2008 became just the second player in franchise history to amass 30 home runs and 30 steals in a single season. His 53 doubles during the 2006 season are the 3rd highest single-season total in club history.

Last year Sizemore collected 32 extra base hits in 71 games in 2011 and went on to record an OPS of .706 with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs and 32 RBI (34RS). In April he hit .378 (17-45) with 8 2B, 4HR & 9RBI in 11 games.

The signing of Sizemore does not effectively end the Indians' search for outfield help this offseason as they are still expected to acquire a right-handed hitting outfielder via free agency or trade. The additional outfielder would help protect them from durability issues with Sizemore and others as well as give them more versatility and punch from the right side.

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