Mark Shapiro's heart was racing about 200 beats per minute as he watched his young outfielder dive…
Sizemore Receives Six-Year Contract
The 23-year-old had a breakout season in 2005, his first full year in the majors. He hit .289 (185-for-640) with 37 doubles, 11 triples, 22 homers and 81 RBI in 158 games. He also scored 111 runs and had 22 stolen bases to join Roberto Alomar in 2001 as the only Indians players to get 20 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers and 20 steals in the same season.
His 185 hits led all second-year MLB players, just ahead of Pittsburgh's Jason Bay (183). He tied for ninth in the American League in runs (111 with Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle).
Sizemore was acquired in June 2002 from Montreal in a six-player deal that sent right-hander Bartolo Colon to the Expos.
This spring, Sizemore is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with five doubles, an MLB-best five triples, one homer and 11 RBI in 16 games.
His contract is the longest signed by an Indians player since shortstop Omar Vizquel got a six-year contract in 1995.
Sizemore's deal is similar to contracts signed by catcher Victor Martinez (five years, $15.5 million) and shortstop Jhonny Peralta (five years, $13 million).
In Sizemore's case, his option price could increase to $10.5 million depending on whether he becomes an All-Star, wins a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger award, or how well he ranks in MVP voting.
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