MLB Notes: Red Sox sign Sizemore

MLB Notes: Red Sox sign Sizemore
January 22, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Former Indians all-star Grady Sizemore will make his return in 2014 with the Boston Red Sox. (USA Today Images)

The Red Sox have reportedly come to terms with former Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore on a one-year deal.

Sizemore had been looking to make a return to the major leagues after playing just 108 games since the start of the 2010 season and had previously been linked to the Cincinnati Reds until a few hours before the Red Sox deal was first reported.

WEEI Red Sox writer Rob Bradford first reported the deal Wednesday evening, which has a base salary of $750K with incentives that can push it up to $6 million.

Sizemore was a three-time All-Star from 2006-08 and won two Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2008. He played his most recent major-league game on Sept. 22, 2011.

A's sign lefty O'Flaherty
OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Eric O'Flaherty returns to health and his former form, the Oakland Athletics believe they have one of baseball's best left-handers to add to an already stout bullpen.

The A's further bolstered their pitching staff Wednesday, agreeing with the free-agent lefty on a $7 million, two-year contract.

O'Flaherty, who turns 29 next month, sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow last season with Atlanta. He went 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances before his season ended May 17 and he had elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

A's assistant general manager David Forst said there is no timetable for when O'Flaherty might be ready to pitch again following the long rehab process following that surgery.

Once healthy, he could provide depth in a bullpen featuring newcomers Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson, and Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero.

Over the past three years, O'Flaherty's 1.45 ERA in 161 appearances is the lowest among relievers with 125 or more innings.

"He's been one of the best left-handers in the game over the last three years and proven he can pitch anywhere, including toward the end of the game," Forst said.

O'Flaherty, originally a sixth-round selection in the 2003 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, he owns a 20-9 career record with a 2.85 ERA over parts of eight major league seasons.

To clear room on the 40-man roster for O'Flaherty, the two-time defending AL West champion A's designated outfielder Corey Brown for assignment.

During a busy December, general manager Billy Beane acquired AL saves leader Johnson from Baltimore as the replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour. Oakland also traded for right-handed reliever Gregerson in a swap that sent outfielder Seth Smith to the Padres. Lefty Scott Kazmir received a $22 million, two-year contract to fill a spot in the rotation that lost 40-year-old 18-game winner Bartolo Colon.

-- Associated Press

Rays, Padres swap players
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, pitcher Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitchers Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn.

A year after hitting .273 in a career-high 91 games, the versatile Forsythe hit .214 while starting games at five different positions with the Padres in 2013.

The 27-year-old played in 75 games overall, and was one of six major leaguers to play four different positions while appearing in at least 10 games. The others were San Diego's Alexi Amarista, Philadelphia's Freddy Galvis, Detroit's Don Kelly, Justin Turner of the New York Mets, and Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boxberger, 25, split time between San Diego and Triple-A Tucson in 2013, appearing in 18 games and compiling a 2.86 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 22 innings over five stints with the Padres.

Torres went 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 39 appearances with the Rays. The 26-year-old left-hander ranked third among AL relievers with a .159 opponents' batting average.

Hahn, 24, went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 19 starts at Class-A Charlotte last season.

The Rays also received minor league pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis, as well as infielder Maxx Tissenbaum in the deal completed Wednesday.

-- Associated Press