While his tenure with the Boston Red Sox failed to live up to expectations, Grady Sizemore did succeed in demonstrating his health after multiple significant injuries cost him time over the past four years. Now a free agent after the Red Sox released him last week, Sizemore has reportedly seen interest from multiple clubs and, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, he could decided on his next time sometime this week.
Grady Sizemore has received several inquiries. Trying to sort through “best opportunity” and will likely decide next couple of days
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) June 23, 2014
Cafardo does not specify which teams have reached out to the 31 year old.
Sizemore signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox this past offseason, hoping to finally prove his health and potentially make a difference in the outfield for the defending World Series Champions. He had a strong Spring Training, enough so that he won the team’s starting center field job for Opening Day. He’d go 2 for 4 that day, including hitting a solo home run off of Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman. His production at the plate has been inconsistent since, however, as he batted just .216/.288/.324 on the year in 205 plate appearances with little power (2 HR, 10 2B).
A former two-time Gold Glove winner in center field, injuries truly took a toll on Sizemore’s once promising career and nearly had him out of baseball altogether before this opportunity with Boston came about. He’s spent much of the season in left field as opposed to center, with Jackie Bradley Jr. taking over up the middle, but still appears to be able to hold his own in the outfield from a defensive standpoint. He’s no longer as fleet afoot as he once was, but as a team’s fourth outfielder there is some belief that Sizemore could still bring some value to the table so it’s not a significant surprise to see interest in him now that he’s once again on the free agent market.