Phillies Sign Grady Sizemore to a Minor League Deal

Via MLB.com‘s Todd Zolecki:

Grady Sizemore, 31, had a poor showing with the Boston Red Sox leading up to his release last Wednesday. In 205 plate appearances, Sizemore slashed .216/.288/.324 with two home runs and five stolen bases. Prior to his start on March 31, Sizemore hadn’t played in the big leagues since September 22, 2011. Once a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate with the Cleveland Indians, Sizemore constantly battled injuries, going under the knife a staggering seven times between 2009-12, according to Baseball Prospectus.

The Phillies, however, could use a left-handed bat off the bench. Tony Gwynn, Jr. hasn’t gotten the job done as he has posted a .447 OPS in 101 PA. With Reid Brignac on the disabled list, the switch-hitting Cesar Hernandez is the only other bench player who can hit from the left side. The Phillies hope Sizemore can go to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, catch his bearings, and come up quickly to contribute.

Sizemore can also play center field and both outfield corners, giving manager Ryne Sandberg to make a late game defensive substitution. As he stole five bases in as many attempts with the Red Sox and was once an elite base runner, Sizemore could also be used as a pinch-runner. Sizemore could also eventually bump center fielder Ben Revere and his .615 OPS, or Domonic Brown and his .596 OPS, out of some playing time.

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  1. Beez Nutz

    June 25, 2014 09:09 AM

    Love it … nothing to lose at all in this situation. Hopefully he can turn it around, cant be any worse than Dom Brown anyway

  2. Francisco (FC)

    June 25, 2014 10:07 AM

    It would nice if the Phillies lucked into another proto (albeit older) Jayson Werth. (Not sure the comparison is apt, but it’s the only thing that came to mind).

    • d'ante benjamin

      June 25, 2014 12:34 PM

      Don’t say the only thing that came to mind, you dolt. Just say nothing. What a horrible comparison.

  3. Tom

    June 25, 2014 05:34 PM

    He’ll probably hit 400 in the minors, then we’ll hear how he needs more time.

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