Sizemore’s revenge: scrap heap acquisitions that didn’t pan out for Red Sox

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Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With Opening Day just a few days away, Grady Sizemore is poised to come north with the Boston Red Sox. It’s a great story: a former All-Star, signed to an incentive-laden $750,000 contract, hasn’t played in the Majors for two years and now appears to have penciled himself in as the team’s starting center fielder. He’s a true “scrap heap” find.

Previously: The Grady Sizemore All-Stars

But sometimes it doesn’t work out, and Red Sox fans need to be prepared for that possibility. With that in mind, I bring you Sizemore’s Revenge: Busts – scrap heap pickups over the last 20 years that, for whatever reason, didn’t pan out.

What’s the criteria?

1. No pitchers. This list is for position players. Hot Garbage All-Stars: Red Sox Pitchers will be a future post.

2. The player must be “somebody.” Maybe he was an All-Star.  A Gold Glover. A former Rookie of the Year. A guy who was once an everyday player. A prospect who can’t catch a break.

3. The player must be on the scrap heap. Either:

a) unwanted — waived and/or looking at a steep pay cut,

b) coming back from injury, or

c) returning from the minors, an independent league, a foreign country, or being out of baseball altogether.

Those are the rules. And now, the busts…

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Tags: Boston Red Sox Grady Sizemore Scrap Heap

  • Patrick Green

    Great job, Sean. I think Mike Aviles is worthy of consideration as well. After showing flashes of excellence in K.C. he underwent T.J. surgery and was not the same. So, Boston traded for him on the cheap and he dazzled in a small sample size in 2011. Ben Cherington, distorted by his 2011 half-season, traded away Marco Scutaro in favor of Aviles. They thought they’d found a scrap heap, only to be more than disappointed with his abysmal 2012 campaign. He churned a weak .250/.282/.381 slash, accompanied by a mediocre 1.5 fWAR. I started actively watching the Red Sox/Baseball in 2009 when I was 12 and I must say, no player has ever frustrated me more than Aviles. Ultimately, it all worked out as we dealt him for our current manager John Farrell. He would certainly be on this list for me.

  • Sean Sylver

    Great pick. It appears the Sox did overrate Aviles, expecting him to return to his former self.

    This brings up Scutaro. I hated the signing after ’09 as he was coming off a career year. But he was pretty solid with Boston!