GRADY SIZEMORE: IT WAS WORTH A TRY
Grady Sizemore has been Designated For Assignment (DFA), so the Red Sox have 10 days to trade or release him. Brock Holt moved into his locker today and Garin Cecchini has been called up from Pawtucket. While with the Sox Sizemore hit just .216 with 2 homers and 15 RBI while striking out 41 times in 185 at bats. The experiment is offiicially over.
Let's start by saying don't hold it against Sizemore that he was unable to fill the roll the Red Sox and their fans hoped he could. He had not played in 100 games since 2009 and literally sat out 2012 and 2013. He deserves kudos for not giving up, not derision because he was unable to perform up to expectations.
When Jacoby Ellsbury went for the long term deal the NY Yankees offered, the Sox knew they had a big hole to fill. Defensively they had no problems, as Jackie Bradley Jr., has proven. but offensively it was a different story. No one had a solid feel for how well Bradley would hit, so the addition of Sizemore was worth the risk. It just didn't pay off...that's all.
Face it fans, this years outfield has been a disaster. With Shane Victorino suffering various injuries and the early decline of Daniel Nava, the team has had to rely on stop gap measures...and they haven't worked out. Jonny Gomes (sorry big guy) is a back-up outfielder who has some clutch hits, but has never batted above .267 and has a lifetime (12years) average of .244
There is some reflief in sight. Victorino will return this week and Nava seems to be back in stride, so that should help. Add in the fact that Brock "Super Hero" Holt, who starts in center field tonight, has been unbelievable since his return from the minors and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
NOTES:Willing to try almost anything, the Sox are now experimenting with Will Middlebrooks in center field. Things are getting a little desperate, huh? Cecchini comes from Pawtucket after batting .266 with 2 HRs and 24 RBI and a .344 OBA. The 3rd baseman has struggled in the field but has worked hard and shown some improvement recently
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