The New York Yankees have signed infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post first reported that the deal, which likely includes an invitation to major league spring training, was close.
Sizemore, 29, has only appeared in two major league games over the last two seasons due to two ACL tears in his left knee. He was outrighted off the Athletics' 40-man roster at the beginning of the offseason, and elected free agency instead of staying in Oakland's minor league system.
Sizemore has played second and third base throughout his major league career, and will join Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Brendan Ryan as options at those positions next season. Due to Alex Rodriguez's year-long suspension and Robinson Cano's departure to Seattle, the Yankees are stockpiling low-cost options at the two positions in hopes of finding a couple of major league contributors.
In 160 career major league games with the Tigers (2010-2011) and Athletics (2011, 2013), Sizemore is a lifetime .238 hitter with 14 HR and 70 RBI. In a full season split between Detroit and Oakland in 2011, he hit .245 with 11 HR and 56 RBI in 110 games.
With Sizemore signed, the Yankees are unlikely to add another infielder on a major league contract, according to Rosenthal. The team has been linked to free agents Stephen Drew, Michael Young and Mark Reynolds in recent weeks, but those players are all expected to sign elsewhere. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees only offered Reynolds a minor league contract, but he rejected it in search of a major league deal.