Just a month after the Indians declined his $9 million option for 2012, the two sides agreed to terms on a one-year, incentive-based contract. Hopefully the three-time All-Star center fielder stays mildly healthy so he can bring in more than the $5 million base salary promised by Cleveland. He can earn another $4 million for plate appearances, and if he's really good -- like American League Comeback Player of the Year good -- he'll earn another $500,000.
Last season, the 29-year-old Sizemore played in only 71 games, landing on the disabled list three times before eventually undergoing knee surgery on October 3. All in all, he has had five surgeries in just the past two years, participating in only 210 games in three seasons due to injury. Over his eight-year career with the Tribe, he has a .269 lifetime batting average.
It would be pretty sweet for Cleveland if he could actually contribute next season. All signs point to the team attempting some sort of contention, with last season's acquisition of Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez at the July 31 trade deadline and the offseason trade for veteran right-hander Derek Lowe for starters.
If all else fails, Sizemore could always fall back on his male modeling career. No, we're not going to let that one go.