It’s not over for Grady Sizemore just yet. Sure, the Red Sox decided to move on last week from the oft-injured outfielder last week, but the Phillies have decided to give him a shot. Philadelphia signed Sizemore to a minor league deal on Tuesday.
Sox fans and the front office were certainly pulling for the feel-good story to work out, however after a very promising Spring Training, Sizemore seemed to sink further and further into a rut. In 52 games, he hit .216 with an OBP of .288 and drove in 15 runs with 2 homeruns. His fielding was average, but he became expendable with the highlight-ready Jackie Bradley covering the CF ground at Fenway Park. In an over-crowded yet highly underperforming Red Sox outfield, Boston could no longer wait for Grady to dig his way out.
So why would the Phillies look to Sizemore? They have a few struggling outfielders as well and he comes on the cheap since he only signed a minor league contract. Grady’s comeback attempt continues. He hasn’t played regularly in Triple-A since he was a top prospect at the age of 21. While the Sox continue to drop games and fall further in the standings, this will be an interesting story line to keep an eye on for the rest of the Summer.