Roundup: Yankees agree to contracts with Sizemore, eight others
Sizemore, who turned 29 on Jan. 4, has been limited to six games over the past two seasons because of an injured left knee that twice required surgery.
He originally got hurt on Feb. 25, 2012, during a fielding drill in Oakland's first full-squad spring training workout and had surgery that March 21 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Sizemore returned to hit .216 with six RBIs during 21 spring training games last year and was 0 for 6 last season when he got hurt again April 9 while chasing a bloop single by the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout.
One week later, Dr. James Andrews reconstructed the ACL using a patellar tendon graft and repaired a torn meniscus.
Also Wednesday, New York announced deals with right-handers Bruce Billings, Robert Coello, Brian Gordon and Chris Leroux; infielders Russ Canzler, Yangervis Solarte and Zelous Wheeler; and outfielder Antoan Richardson.
The 26-year-old Peguero has spent parts of the last three seasons with Seattle. He is a career .195 hitter with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 219 at-bats in the majors.
He ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 homers in 2013, along with a .260 batting average, 28 doubles and 83 RBIs at Triple-A Tacoma. Peguero was designated for assignment on Jan. 16 when the Mariners signed free agent catcher John Buck.
Kansas City also designated left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford for assignment. Teaford made one appearance for the Royals in 2013, pitching two-thirds of an inning at Cleveland on July 14.
Seattle also agreed to a minor league contract with 32-year-old right-hander Scott Baker, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery in April 2012. He made three starts for the Chicago Cubs last September, pitching 15 innings with a 3.60 ERA and no record. Baker has a 63-48 record with a 4.14 ERA in 162 starts and four relief appearances with Minnesota (2005-11) and the Cubs.
Figueroa made 24 relief appearances over two seasons for the A's. He allowed four runs in three innings last season. He spent most of the year with Triple-A Sacramento.
The Rays waived Figueroa to make room for free agent closer Grant Balfour. Tampa Bay had acquired the 28-year-old Figueroa on waivers from Oakland.
The Rangers made room for Figueroa on the 40-man roster by designating right-hander Chaz Roe for assignment. The Rangers picked up Roe on waivers from Arizona. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright the 27-year-old Roe to the minor leagues.
The 34-year-old hit .224 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 80 games last season. Santiago started 30 games at second base, seven at third and 19 at shortstop.
Santiago is a career .243 hitter with 28 homers and 197 RBIs.
Cincinnati, which announced the agreement Wednesday, invited Santiago to major league spring training camp next month.
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