The Boston Red Sox have
invented a time machine and signed Grady Sizemore to a major league contract, with a base salary of $750,000 and incentives that could push the deal to $6 million per WEEI's Rob Bradford.
Sizemore last played in the majors (or minors) in 2011, working 71 injury-plagued games for the Cleveland Indians and producing a .224/.285/.422 slash line. He was last relevant in 2009, when he broke the 500-plate appearance plateau and produced a 788 OPS. Brayan Villarreal was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
O'Flaherty reaches deal with Oakland
Starting yet another round of "market inefficiency" jokes, the Oakland Athletics announced that they signed relief pitcher Eric O'Flaherty to a two-year contract on Wednesday worth $7 million, according the Associated Press.
O'Flaherty underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2013, but had recorded a combined 1.99 ERA with 199 strikeouts and 81 walks over the last 249 1/3 innings in the last four seasons combined. The southpaw has been markedly better against left-handed batters over the course of his career and will likely be used as a specialist upon his return. The A's designated Corey Brown for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Figgins receives minor league deal, NRI from Los Angeles
Figgins' last season in the majors saw him compile a .181/.262/.271 slash line over 194 plate appearances with the Seattle Mariners. His last season with a positive OPS+ came in 2009, when he was still with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Figgins is likely to push Dee Gordon for a spot on the 25-man roster as a speed-first utility type.
New York avoids arbitration with Duda
Duda, 27, hit 15 home runs and slashed .223/.352/.415 in 318 at-bats in 2013. He'll return to a suddenly-crowded Mets outfield, where he'll have to prove his bat is more valuable than Juan Lagares' defense. He could also see time at first base in Ike Davis' stead. The $1.6375 million is slightly more than the midpoint between the Mets' offer of $1.3 million and Duda's requested $1.9 million.
New York designates Huff for assignment
Huff split the 2013 between Cleveland and New York, producing a 5.50 ERA in 37 2/3 innings, generating 31 strikeouts against nine walks.