Grady Sizemore Released By Boston Red Sox
Once a feel good story ends in a not so good way. Grady Sizemore, the Boston Red Sox outfielder, was released Wednesday the 18th of June, a day after being designated for assignment. Ben Cherington, the Red Sox GM, released a statement saying “We were certainly hoping and thinking that this could have turned out different.” Cherington continued to say “It just got to a point where we didn’t think we could give it more time.”
In 185 At-Bats through 52, Sizemore provided low-level production for an already struggling offensive Sox team. The line goes as follows: .216 AVG, 2 HR, 15 RBI, .288 OBP, .324 SLG, 0.0 WAR It is fair to add that Sizemore was sharing time with Jackie Bradley Jr. along with other members of the Red Sox core in his two and a half month run. Though Sizemore’s Boston career might have been unsuccessful, his career in all hasn’t been. Grady is a 3-time all-star with a top 10 finish in the 2008 MVP voting. On top of this, he has two gold gloves and a silver slugger.
So the question arises; does anyone else in the league want to sign Sizemore? A couple of possibilities are on the table. The Kansas City Royals need depth in their outfield. Lorenzo Cain, Nori Aoki, and Alex Gordon is a strong base, but Jarrod Dyson and Justin Maxwell do not round out a strong bench. Sizemore would provide, on top of potential production, a leadership stance not seen in the Royals Lineup.
The other possible landing spot for Grady is with the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox lack the same traits as the Royals do. The inexperience of the White Sox has kept them from winning some ballgames. Maybe Grady won’t hit .300 with 50 RBIs, but he will most certainly bring gritty leadership with him to Chicago.
Is the release of Sizemore disappointing? Certainly, but is it the last time we see him dress in a major league game? My guess is no.
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