Scott Sizemore has been in the big leagues since 2010. Originally a member of the Detroit Tigers, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics and showed a lot of promise.
Sizemore played second base in Detroit and third base in Oakland. In 93 games with the A’s in 2011, he hit .249/.345/.433 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI. That is close to the production teams seek from third base, not to mention the fact that it far exceeds what most teams get on offense from the second base position.
A torn ACL kept Sizemore out for the entire 2012 season. He was in the opening day lineup for the A’s in 2013 when a heartbreaking turn of events hit and he re-tore his ACL. He played only two games.
Now a free agent, Sizemore appears to be on the verge of a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the following via Twitter:
The #Yankees are closing in on an agreement with IF Scott Sizemore. Minor-league deal.
— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) January 12, 2014
This is a nice low-risk signing for the Yankees. Sizemore has still only played 160 total games in his career. If he can stay healthy, he just needs a team to give him a shot to produce. Considering the uncertainty at second base and at third base for the Yankees, this might end up being a solid under-the-radar move this off-season.