Just because the Boston Red Sox decided their chapter of the Grady Sizemore comeback story is finished, doesn't mean that Sizemore's attempt at reviving his MLB career is over.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed Sizemore to a minor-league contract Tuesday, a few days after the Red Sox cut him loose. Sizemore, a former All-Star whose career was significantly derailed by injuries, hit .216/.288/.324 in parts of 52 games with Boston. He hit two homers and drove in 15 runs.
Sizemore hadn't played in the big leagues since 2011 before signing with the Red Sox and winning a roster spot. Though he was an All-Star in 2006-2008, Sizemore hasn't played more than 100 games in a season since 2009.
Sizemore is still just 31, which gives him appeal to teams like the Red Sox and the Phillies, who are looking for buy-low help. The Phillies assigned Sizemore to Triple-A, where at least he'll get a chance to wear the LeHigh Valley IronPigs' bacon cap.
The Phillies are looking at Sizemore as possible outfield depth. Domonic Brown has been a disappointment this season, and regular center fielder Ben Revere isn't much of a hitter. In fact, Sizemore's WAR from his tenure with the Red Sox (0.1) is better than both Brown (-1.4) and Revere (-0.5), per Baseball Reference. That says more about the Phililes outfield than it does Sizemore.
There's some humor in Sizemore signing with the Phillies, of course — a team with aged stars who aren't as good as they once were. (Not you, Chase Utley, you're still good). The difference between Sizemore and some of the other Phillies? He's not getting paid millions of dollars.
At least if GM Ruben Amaro Jr. did decide to pay Sizemore a lot, it's wisely been kept quiet.
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