UPDATE: The theorized interest in a low-risk Grady Sizemore acquisition has become reality, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
heard phillies are a team that's reached out to grady sizemore. but there are others, as well. seems like a low-risk play.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 20, 2014
It makes sense for teams to want in on a cheap deal for an outfielder who was once highly productive. He had a difficult time with the Red Sox in the close to three months he has spent with them (.216/.288/.324 in 205 PA), but MLB GMs, including Ruben Amaro it seems, don't take that as a sign that he has outlived his usefulness.
The 31-year-old would be an addition to an outfield that already includes struggling Dom Brown, power-hitting Marlon Byrd, and the decreasingly seen Ben Revere, who has found himself replaced by John Mayberry of late. Tony Gwynn Jr. remains on bereavement leave.
Opening Day, 2014, and a new gallery of MLB comebacks were underway. Grady Sizemore, whose injury-riddled career in Cleveland had come to a complete halt after 2011, had deemed himself healthy enough to return. The Red Sox plucked the outfielder out of free agency. Bring a low risk with a high ceiling, he was exactly the sort of player that could pay dividends and wind up making the key difference in a supporting role.
After an encouraging spring preseason (.310 BA in 42 AB), Sizemore stepped into the batter's box in his second at-bat on Opening Day in Baltimore and dropped a home run on Eutaw Street at Camden Yards.
People who'd campaigned for their team to pick up Sizemore in the offseason patted themselves on the back.
205 plate appearances later, Sizemore has amounted to a .216/.288/.324 hitter in 2014. Boston chose to designate him for assignment, and he has cleared waivers, but it is unclear whether he would want to go to the minors instead of seeking MLB work. The Red Sox gave him plenty of opportunities, and even were reluctant to let him go - he was 20 PA from the start of receiving a $250,000 bonus for every 25 PA from 225-500, and almost at the threshold of a $250,000 bonus for staying with the team for 90 days.
People who'd campaigned for their team to pick up Sizemore in the offseason stopped reminding other people that they had done so.
At 31 years old, Sizemore is probably less than enthusiastic to head back to Pawtucket for a go-around with the junior Sox. Chances are, he'll try to latch on somewhere else; a task a bit more difficult now that teams have some Major League stats to go off of.
Though, on the other hand, you know. He'd come cheap.