Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox finally made the move that had been brewing for some time now.
Grady Sizemore’s comeback bid with Boston, and into MLB, was cut short as he was designated for assignment. In his place, the Sox called up third baseman Garin Cecchini from Triple-A Pawtucket, according to multiple sources.
After establishing his presence in the Grapefruit league this spring with a .310 average (13-for-42), Sizemore failed to carry that over to the regular season. In 52 games played, Sizemore posted a meager slash of .216/.288/.324. He struggled to generate any power out of his once All-Star caliber bat, collecting just 14 XBH’s, including 2 homers, 10 doubles, 2 triples and 15 RBI’s in his 185 at-bats. To make things worse, he was also just about unplayable against left-handers, hitting just .154 on the season.
When he drilled a three-run homer off of CC Sabathia on April 11, I think everybody thought that Boston may have actually hit the jackpot after signing Sizemore to a one-year deal for the base salary of $750,000.
But things only got worse from there.
The wheels completely fell off in June as Sizemore limped (figuratively, of course, he was actually pretty healthy) his way towards a .133 average and a .379 OPS.
Along with his bat, his defense wasn’t what it used to be either. Not that he was terrible, but he certainly wasn’t anything close to a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder anymore. Part of that obviously stems from his 10,000 surgeries, but part of that also falls on John Farrell, who removed Sizemore from his natural center field position in favor of Jackie Bradley Jr; Sizemore had never played right or left field in his career before this season.
All of that rolled into one, along with where the Red Sox sit in the standings, left Boston only one choice: It was time to pull the plug. It may not be a popular move, but it’s the right one from a business standpoint. The Sox need to start winning, and to do so, they need to get some production out of their listless outfield.
Making room out there for Brock Holt was step 1. The next step was what they did immediately after cutting Sizemore, which was promoting a young hitting prospect in
Mookie Betts Garin Cecchini. Hopefully, Shane Victorino will be back with the team after the current home stand, and maybe, just maybe, this offense, and this team, can start the slow climb up the standings.
I think I speak for all baseball fans when I say thank you to Grady Sizemore for one hell of an attempt to reclaim his career. It’s unfortunate it didn’t pan out in Boston, but I hope it happens somewhere.
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