I anticipate that this will be an offseason to usher in some of the first obvious signs that this new era known by the mystical term “rebuild” is actually occurring. In truth, the rebuild has been slowly marinating under the surface for some time now, but we’re on the cusp of actually seeing it in Philadelphia. Maikel Franco is in line for significant playing time at the Major League level. Guys like Aaron Nola, Jesse Biddle, and Adam Morgan could debut this season. And, if there’s a major free agent acquisition in store, it will likely be Yasmany Tomas, who is essentially a major-league ready prospect. It’s an exciting time, but also an uneasy time. The rebuild that could bring results as early as 2017 might usher in the next run of success or it might usher in the next group of Tyler Greens and Wayne Gomeses. Whatever the end result, right now there’s the faintest flicker of a light at the end of the tunnel and that’s new and different and good.
It’s within that context that I have this to say: The Grady Sizemore signing is incredibly disappointing.