Sizemore returning to Indians

Cleveland Indians Grady Sizemore fails to make a diving catch on a hit by Alex Rodriguez during the...

Cleveland Indians Grady Sizemore fails to make a diving catch on a hit by Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of the Indians MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland, Ohio July 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

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Injury-plagued Grady Sizemore is staying in Cleveland after all, signing a one-year contract with the Indians.

The three-time all-star centre fielder will make a minimum of $5 million with incentives pushing the deal to as much as $9 million.

The Indians declined a $9-million option on Sizemore several weeks ago.

Sizemore, who hasn't played more than 106 games in any of the past three seasons, is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right knee but should be ready for spring training.

The 29-year-old's best seasons were 2005 to 2008. He hit 107 homers during the stretch with an average on-base percentage of .371.

He opened this past season on the disabled list after having microfracture surgery on his left knee and also missed two weeks in May with a right knee contusion. Sizemore had surgery to repair a sports hernia July 21 and played just 71 games, batting .224 with 10 homers.

NOT MUCH PUJOLS ACTION

The big-market, big-money teams aren't exactly lining up to make offers to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

The Miami Marlins appear to be the only other team that has submitted an offer for the former MVP, while the Cardinals apparently are formulating a revised proposal. Their nine-year, $198-million offer was turned down by Pujols last February.

The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets don't seem to be interested in entering the Pujols sweepstakes. Part of the reason may be speculation that he is several years old than 31 he claims to be.

RIVERA'S SWAN SONG?

Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera told the New York Post that 2012 could be his final season.

"I have one year left. I might call it over. I will know more in spring training," the 42-year-old said.

Meanwhile, the right-hander is battling a vocal-cord condition that might require surgery.

"Every time I talk it gets worse and worse," Rivera said.

CATCHING HELP FOR TWINS

The Minnesota Twins confirmed the signing Wednesday of free-agent catcher Ryan Doumit to a one-year contract.

The deal, reported to be worth $3 million, gives former American League MVP Joe Mauer some assistance behind the plate. Mauer spent time at first base last season in an attempt to prolong his career after suffering through bilateral leg weakness.

Doumit, who had spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, has also dealt with injuries, including a left ankle sprain that limited him to 77 games last year, when he hit .303 in 218 at-bats.

ARBITRATION OFFERINGS

Free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson has been offered salary arbitration by the Texas Rangers.

Because Wilson is a Type A free agent, the Rangers will get two additional draft picks if Wilson signs elsewhere.

Wilson, 31, led the Rangers in wins (16), innings pitched (223 1/3) and earned-run average (2.94) in 34 starts in 2011, although he went winless in the playoffs for the American League champions.

In related news:

* The Oakland Athletics have offered arbitration to free-agent outfielders Josh Willingham, 32, and David DeJesus, 31.

Willingham set career-highs with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 136 games, while DeJesus hit .240 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI in 131 games.

* The Chicago White Sox have offered salary arbitration to free-agent pitcher Mark Buehrle. Buehrle, 32, a Type B free agent, has been Chicago's opening day starter nine of the past 10 seasons. Outfielder Juan Pierre, 34, was not offered arbitration. He hit .279 in 2011 with 80 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.

* The Minnesota Twins said they would offer arbitration to free-agent outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel, but not to reliever Matt Capps.

* The Atlanta Braves won't offer arbitration to shortstop Alex Gonzalez.


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