MLB roundup: Grady Sizemore signs with Red Sox

Hannah Foslien

The Red Sox sign Sizemore to a major league deal, Oakland adds another reliever and more

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.

More Boston News: Over The Monster

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.

More O'Flaherty Breakdown: On Athletics Nation

Figgins receives minor league deal, NRI from Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a minor league deal with Chone Figgins and extended an invitation to spring training, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

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.

More on weak infield options: At True Blue LA

New York avoids arbitration with Duda

The New York Mets reached an agreement with Lucas Duda on Wednesday, compromising on a $1.6375 million deal, per the Associated Press.

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.

More on the Mets: Amazin Avenue

New York designates Huff for assignment

The New York Yankees designated pitcher David Huff for assignment on Wednesday, creating space for Masahiro Tanaka, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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.

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