The Phillies have re-signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million deal for next season, according to a team announcement. The deal includes performance bonuses based on plate appearances that could make it worth $5 million, according to a major-league source.
The signing of Sizemore is the second of its kind by the Phillies this week, as the team reached a one-year, $2.5 million deal with right-hander Jerome Williams on Tuesday. With both of those players signed, only two Phillies-- Wil Nieves and Kyle Kendrick-- will hit free agency after the World Series.
Sizemore, 32, signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in late June after being released by the Red Sox, and hit .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 60 games for the big-league club. His appearance in 2014 was his first in the majors since 2011, and he seemed to find his stride with the Phillies after hitting only .216 in 52 games with Boston at the beginning of the season.
For next season, Sizemore profiles as a fourth outfielder behind Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd, as well as any outfield additions acquired by the Phillies this offseason. The team could also look to trade one of their starting outfielders, potentially opening the door for more playing time for Sizemore.