The Return of Grady Sizemore?

Jul 4, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore stands in the dugout during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Per Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter), the Cincinnati Reds are in advanced talks with outfielder Grady Sizemore. The oft-injured Sizemore last appeared in the big leagues in 2011 with the Cleveland Indians.

From 2005-2009, Grady Sizemore was one of the best players in the entire league featuring a combination of power and speed. Sizemore joined the 30-30 Club in 2008 after hitting 33 homeruns and stealing 38 bases. During that five-year span Sizemore was worth 28.7 wins above replacement, ranking fifth in the MLB (despite only playing in 106 games in 2009).

After being a fairly durable player to start out his career, Sizemore fell victim to an endless pit of injuries.

He has undergone a myriad of surgeries on different parts of his body — back, elbowsports hernias and both knees. The knees are the most worrisome of the bunch, considering they were of the microfracture variety.

No specifics on what type of deal Sizemore might get have leaked thus far, but one has to imagine it can’t be more than a minor-league deal.

Lastly, in case you were wondering how Sizemore’s career might have turned out if it were not for injuries then check out his ZiPS projections after 2008.

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  • Ron Fulton

    All this signing does is undermine the confidence of Billy Hamilton. Why doesn’t Jocketty get the bopper we need instead of horsing around with retreads,

    • Steve O.

      How does a guy that hasn’t played in two full seasons plus hasn’t played for a full season since 2008 undermine Hamilton’s confidence?

      • Ron Fulton

        Just the thought of bringing in another center fielder would do it, especially what the media is saying like “insurance” and other things. Just my opinion. Jocketty shaould concentrate on getting the bopper we need, then let him sign who he wants.