Grady Sizemore shocked much of the world by winning the Red Sox starting CF job out of spring training, but despite some early success including a memorable opening day home run, the Cinderella story quickly turned sour for the on-time Cleveland Indians star.
Injuries and inability to hit left-handers plagued Sizemore, prompting the Red Sox to move on from the 31-year-old veteran. Indications are that Sizemore won’t be out of a job for long, with several teams reportedly showing interest.
Among the teams looking to potentially kick the tires on Sizemore is the Philadelphia Phillies, a team that figures to begin dumping high-priced players soon, and will therefore be in need of low-cost players to hold down jobs until younger prospects are ready.
Jon Heyman reports that Philadelphia has already been in touch in Sizemore. He agrees that Sizemore would make sense as a “low-cost play” for a team that figures to be in sell mode come the trade deadline.
Sizemore hit .216/.288/.324 with 2 homers and 15 RBI in 205 plate appearances for the Red Sox. He was designated for assignment by Boston on the 17th but the Sox elected to cut him just one day into the normal 10-day DFA period, freeing him to sign with another team right away.
Sizemore should have a shot at winning some playing time in Philadelphia, considering how weak their outfield depth is right now.