Grady Sizemore hasn’t played in a regular season MLB game since Sept 22, 2011. When the Boston Red Sox signed him during the offseason, it was looked at as a depth move, and possible insurance policy.
It would appear that policy has already started to earn dividends.
Rather than the expected Jackie Bradley Jr. taking up a post in the outfield of Fenway Park, it would seem that Grady Sizemore has won the spot with an absolutely stellar spring. Bradley, on the other hand, was the Red Sox least productive player this spring, and has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
These are the kind of stories that often end with a “Comeback Player of the Year” award, and the Red Sox would love for that to be the case with Sizemore.
Now with all the time off it’s doubtful that Sizemore will be an everyday player, but it gives Boston manager John Farrell a lot of options in the outfield, with several veterans to shift around on Sizemore’s days off.
Bradley may be disappointed for not making the opening day roster, but he’s still got some games to log in the minors, and the Red Sox feel he can develop into a huge asset for the team.
It will be interesting to see how long Sizemore is able to keep up the pace of a MLB season after so much time off.