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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 23:06

Sizemore designated for assignment

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Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment Wednesday. He`s currently hitting .218 for the Red Sox.

Opening Day starter Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday afternoon. The thirty-one year old outfielder was hitting .216 for the Sox this season, and the combination of Brock Holt emerging as an indispensible bat in an otherwise anaemic line-up, and Daniel Nava’s improvements at the plate, has forced Sizemore to look for new opportunities. Sizemore will either be claimed by a new team, be released, or sent down to Pawtucket.

            The 2014 offseason acquisition was acquired in part to replace now New York Yankee, Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury, a two-time World Series champion with the Red Sox, anchored the top of the Red Sox line-up for the past few years, and his departure left a void in the lead-off spot. Sizemore had began the season at the top of the line-up, but a declining batting average and an inability to steal bases quickly dropped him on John Farrell’s batting card.

            A quick fix in the outfield for Boston, Sizemore just didn’t work out for the organization. A deal worth US $750,000 this year, would have been beneficial to both clubs had it worked out. The outfielder was once a perennial all-star as an Indian, but injuries quickly depreciated his value as a professional ballplayer.

            The deal was a win-win situation for both: Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington would offer Sizemore a chance to get back in the game, in trade for potentially a cheap fix to their lack of talent in the outfield.

            The Red Sox will still save upwards of $20,000,000 this summer with Brock Holt and Daniel Nava as the new replacements for the departed Yankee. Holt is currently hitting .338 in 165 plate appearances for the Sox, and has become a fan favourite on the field after his upstart and timely hitting.

            Sizemore will try to find a new club, potentially as a utility player for a contender in the outfield. While his body may no longer be able to perform in the majors anymore, Sizemore’s experience could be paramount to finding himself a new job.