Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported the New York Yankees were close to signing infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor league contract early on Sunday. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal is now confirming the deal is complete and will include an invitation to spring training.
Sizemore is expected to battle for playing time at second and third base, which are New York’s two biggest holes in the lineup and also happen to be Sizemore’s primary positions. Rosenthal adds the Yankees are not likely to add another infielder on a major-league deal, so this could be their last notable infield signing of the offseason.
That would definitely eliminate Stephen Drew as an option and likely removes Michael Young from the mix as well. Mark Reynolds already made it known on Saturday that he has no interest in returning to New York.
The Sizemore signing probably isn’t what Yankees fans had in mind following the A-Rod news on Saturday. Especially with Sizemore coming off back-to-back lost seasons due to a tear and re-tear of the ACL in his left knee. He's reportedly healthy and ready to go now, but it’s yet to be determined how he’ll be able to bounce back. The good news is the former top prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization is only 29, so there could still be upside if he stays healthy.
In his last significant playing time with the Oakland A’s in 2011, Sizemore hit .249/.345/.433 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 93 games. The Yankees would probably be happy with similar production, preferably in a platoon situation.
The Yankees certainly have enough options to mix and match with veterans Sizemore, Kelly Johnson, Eduardo Nunez, Brendan Ryan, Brian Roberts and 27-year-old rookie Dean Anna all competing for playing time. But it still feels like something bigger has to be coming, likely through a trade in the next few weeks. Time will tell if that comes to fruition, but for now the Yankees seem content with their depth.
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