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Rumor Mill: Reds expect to sign Grady Sizemore

It looks like the Cincinnati Reds, deathly quiet so far this winter, will finally make a move.

According to multiple reports, the Reds are close to a contract with outfielder Grady Sizemore. He's a guy that has three times finished in the top three in American League Most Valuable Player Award balloting. But he's also a player who hasn't been in a game in the major leagues since 2011 -- and he wasn't very healthy the two seasons before that.

Sizemore played 33 games in 2010 and had to have microfracture surgery on his knee. He came back in 2011 and hurt his knee again sliding into a base. And, after he recovered from the knee issue, he had to have a hernia operation. 

The Cleveland Indians turned down Sizemore's contract option and then re-signed him to a one-year deal for $5 million. But he hurt his back and had to undergo surgery during spring training. He never made it back to the field, requiring a second microfracture surgery in September that officially ended his season.

Sizemore said a year ago that he was going to hold off from signing with a team until he was ready to play again. Turns out that he wasn't ready the whole season, apparently. Because he sat out the entirety of the 2013 campaign.

When he's healthy, Sizemore is a Gold Glove quality outfielder. But I'm not sure he'll ever be healthy enough to be a regular player again. His chronic knee issues seem to indicate that he can't take the wear and tear of running all over centerfield. But maybe he can play two or three times a week and serve the rest of the time as a pinch hitter or maybe a late game defensive replacement.