Spring Training Notes: Grady Sizemore Hired As Player Development Advisor By Indians; Lefty Chris Narveson Signed To Minor League Deal

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Former Indians outfielder and three-time MLB All-Star Grady Sizemore has been hired by Cleveland as an advisor to player development.

Sizemore has already been with the club over the past few days at the team’s facility in Goodyear, Arizona and will assist the Major League staff over the next few weeks before transitioning to Minor League camp in March.

The 34-year-old will fill a special assistant-type role during the season and will also help in on-field and off-field baseball operations functions throughout the upcoming campaign, according to the press release from the Indians.

Sizemore won a pair of Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger Award over his eight-year career with Cleveland. His final season in the Majors came in 2015 with the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays.

Over his 10-year career — one that started with tremendous promise but was cut short due to several nagging injuries — Sizemore slashed .265/.349/.457 with 1,098 hits and 150 career home runs.

He averaged 41 doubles, eight triples, 27 homers, 81 RBI and 29 stolen bases over a four-year stretch with the Tribe from 2005-2008 before the injuries began to cut down one of the league’s most exciting young players.

Sizemore originally came to Cleveland in the Bartolo Colon trade with the Montreal Expos in 2002. The Indians also acquired second baseman Brandon Phillips and left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee in the deal.

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With Spring Training already underway in Goodyear for pitchers and catchers, the Cleveland Indians signed left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson on Tuesday to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp.

Narveson appeared in six games for the Miami Marlins last season, yielding eight runs on 10 hits in 8 1/3 relief innings.

The 35-year-old hurler also logged 89 2/3 innings for Miami’s Triple-A squad in 2016, posting a 3.41 ERA in 20 games (15 starts).

Narveson, a second-round draft selection in 2000, owns a career 4.71 ERA in 118 games (65 starts) over eight Major League campaigns with the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins.

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