CLEVELAND (AP) -- Grady Sizemore's trip into free agency didn't take him far.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with the former All-Star outfielder on a one-year, incentive-based contract. It's a deal that could work for both sides if he can stay healthy and on the field.
The Indians declined a 9 million option for 2012 last month on Sizemore, who has undergone five surgeries the past two years and has only played in 210 games the last three seasons because of injuries. Sizemore reportedly drew interest as a free agent from several other teams, but decided to come back to Cleveland.
Sizemore's base salary in 2012 will be 5 million and he can make another 4 million based on plate appearances. The deal also includes an awards package that includes 500,000 if Sizemore is selected comeback player of the year.
"The Indians were aggressive in wanting to keep Grady, and he has said all along he would keep an open mind toward returning," his agent, Joe Urbon, said in an email. ...