There was a time when Grady Sizemore was viewed as a potential MVP candidate in the same breath that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and reigning National League MVP is, but injuries have drastically altered the career arc of the former Cleveland Indians all-star.
Sizemore, 31, signed a one-year deal worth only $750,000 with the potential to earn up to $5 million if he meets incentives and if he looks half as good as he did on Monday during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals, this signing will be one of the best signings made this winter.
Sizemore looks to be in midseason form after crashing into the wall after this first inning catch.
He didn’t stop with that as he topped himself in the seventh inning with this full-extension grab to rob Jon Jay of extra bases.
As if these two highlight-reel catches weren’t enough, Sizemore went 3-4 at the place and scored three runs.
Sizemore will share time with Jackie Bradley Jr in center this season, at least that’s the plan for now, but Sizemore has not played since he appeared in 71 games for the Indians in 2011. He hasn’t played more than 106 games in a season since appearing in 157 in 2008 when he finished in 10th place in the AL MVP voting.