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Grady Sizemore hired as player development advisor with Indians

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The Indians announced on Tuesday that former major league outfielder Grady Sizemore has joined the club as a player development advisor. He will assist the major and minor league staff during spring training and will be a special assistant during the regular season.

Sizemore, 34, last played in the majors in 2015 with the Phillies and Rays. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Indians from 2004-11. He was a three-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and also won one Silver Slugger Award. As an Indian, he hit .269/.357/.473 with 139 home runs, 458 RBI, 601 runs scored, and 134 stolen bases. Unfortunately, starting in 2009, injuries limited his playing time. He played in just 210 games from 2009-11, then missed the entire 2012-13 seasons.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Indians plan to let Sizemore “explore a variety of avenues” in order to find the best way in which he can help the team.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.