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The Reds have explored adding Grady Sizemore

Jan 3, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

Mark Sheldon of says …


Maybe he’s just cursed to roam Ohio for all of his days? I have some familiarity with that, so Grady, if the Reds are your only option, talk to me. I can help you cope.

Anyway, hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2011. He hasn’t played a full season since 2008. If he were to actually crack an Opening Day roster he’d have to be the leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year Award, no?

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    He’s in the best shape of his life, though.

    By which, of course I mean he only has 3 surgeries scheduled in the next 4 months.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      C’mon, that’s harsh. One of those surgeries is elective.

      If he signs in Cinci at least Grady’s Ladies won’t have to go far…

  2. chacochicken - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    This is the piece that puts the Reds over the top. They are aware that is 2014, right? Did Jocketty decide to hibernate this offseason?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      At least he got rid of Dusty “extra baserunners just clog up the bases” Baker before he went to sleep.

      • chacochicken - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Dusty’s final word to Walt, “Its me or Joey V. I can’t have that selfish of a player on my team. I’d also like a second BP so we can knock in more runs.”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Thankfully, there’s only one BP.

  3. contraryguy - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Just the discussion of this will be maddening to Cinci fans; Walt Jocketty has shuffled around free agency and winter meetings with nothing to show, and now he threatens to turn the Reds into Re(trea)ds with Sizemore? Please, just make it stop already. Grady isn’t even listed as an active player on Baseball Reference anymore, lol…

    • paperlions - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      In Walt’s defense, it isn’t like he has any money to spend. Who would you want him to sign? They can’t risk big money or lots of years on guys that are not clear upgrades. They have some nice pitching on the way and a few promising position players….they really need to figure out a way to try to keep some of their guys getting close to FA…but in this market, that seems like a long shot.

      • jonrox - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Walt doesn’t have money to spend because he blew 32m annually on Phillips, Ludwick, Broxton, and Marshall (and signs guys like Jack Hannahan and Skip Schumaker to multi-year, 1m+ deals when they should be had for league minimum on a year-to-year)

      • paperlions - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Fine. Of course I didn’t like most of those deals….but we are talking about FA here. $32M doesn’t actually buy you a whole hell of a lot.

      • jonrox - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        I get your point, but look at what the Phillips contract has done for him. Reds are paying Phillips 50/4 when they could have instead had Infante at 28/4 plus a compensation pick. Obviously hindsight helps (and I probably dislike Phillips more than he deserves), but I think I would rather have Infante over Phillips straight up at this point.

        You’re right that as of right now, he doesn’t have financial flexibility to do anything splashy (and there’s not much water left to splash around in, but I don’t think he deserves a “in Walt’s defense” since it was his prior mistakes that have partially gotten him into this situation. And that’s not even getting into the farm system now being bereft after it was flourishing when he took over from Krivsky.

      • paperlions - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        It isn’t exactly bereft. Stephenson looks fantastic and Cingrani has been great so far. They have some solid position players coming up as well. It isn’t like all of the guy they had a few years ago have turned into All-Stars.

        When you are on their budget, which hopefully for them will go up in the near future, it is hard to maintain a competitive team and a farm system.

        If I was a Cinci fan, I wouldn’t exactly be optimistic….it isn’t like Walt’s MO is consistent with the Cinci situation. In StL, he ignored the farm system and pretty much traded away any prospects they did have for vets and then tried to sign them to extensions. He doesn’t have that option now….we’ll see how he does.

        He does seem to have a few really glaring weaknesses that will get in his way. He doesn’t understand aging curves and he over-values bullpen arms.

      • spudchukar - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Total agreement here PL. I’m not sure I know where Cincy is getting the cash to pay the players they have.

        I happen to like the Sizemore option. Everyone knows his injury history, but he was also a very talented player, who can still play CF, a position of question for the Reds. I kinda wanted the Cards to take a flyer, but Bourjos is a better option. Rather than bitching at Jocketty, please tell me who the Reds should have signed with the little cash they have available.

  4. cur68 - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Ok, this seals it. With news of the impending return of Grady Sizemore, the final nail goes into football’s ugly, dented, steroid riddled, over sized, law breaking, boring coffin. It’s too bad NFL, nothing can stand before the might of a fully operational Grady Sizemore.

    • chacochicken - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      The good news is all those empty NFL stadiums can be converted to real football (soccer) fields.

  5. bluesoxbaseball - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I’m excited about this. Could be a real steal.

  6. nymets4ever - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    IMO it’s a decent move for the Reds, because they’re in that weird spot where they’re a pretty good team, but only about as good as the Pirates and not as good as the Cardinals. They have a solid pitching staff and some win-now position players but they clearly could use one more big bat. If Sizemore has a bounceback year he could be that X-factor in the division, and if not, nothing lost.

    • paperlions - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM


      It is a no risk move with possible upside. They apparently have no money to spend or they are saving it hoping to extend one of their young soon-to-be-FA pitchers. The team is going to be getting more expensive as it is with many of their better players progressing through arbitration.

  7. mundial8 - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I remember back in ’07; The Reds got a guy who a lot of people thought was done. He also played CF at the time…. wonder what he’s doing now

    • contraryguy - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Who, Josh Hamilton? Josh’s problems were in his head, not knees back and groin like Sizemore. Seriously, is there an active player in MLB who’s had microfracture surgery on BOTH knees? Grady has.

    • brucewayne3561 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      He’s currently trying to recover from the abuse of HGH & synthetic testosterone in Cali with the Angels! His body is breaking down because of all the drug use & he’s lost a lot of muscle mass & weight ! Just to make sure we’re talking about the same player, since there are a bunch that could fit that description ! It’s Josh Hamilton! Best move Texas didn’t make! Sometimes those are the best ones! If Grady Sizemore is able to make it back this year, then I think it would be the comeback of the DECADE! Good ol boy Walt might take a chance on another guy like this! Only chance he’s got to do something this off season! Should’ve signed Bronson Arroyo or another starter or tried to persuade Choo to come back! I look for the Reds to decline in 2014!

  8. stephenolszewski - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Yeah The Indians thought he was healthy too and look what happened

  9. jonrox - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I love minor league deals for guys with upside. It wouldn’t redeem a wasted offseason, but signing Sizemore would be savvy if there’s any chance at all he can play.

  10. metalhead65 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    this will never happen because walt only signs and over pays injured ex-cardinals, ludwick being hurt after getting his retirement contract from Uncle walt wasn’t bad enough? he has decided to try and sign anybody who was good no matter how many years ago it was? going to be a long season fellow reds fans but at least we don’t have the toothpick around anymore to give games away.

    • jvandever007 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Lmao as a cardinals fan I support this statement.

  11. redwing26 - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Grady ran around every fly ball so he could dive for it! One of the most overrated players in baseball! Good luck with him Cincy!

  12. dinofrank60 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    I’m surprised the A’s aren’t in on this…

  13. johnnydom - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Bum, go pose and flash your junk and go away. This will be a major error by the Reds, ask the Indians how this bum who stole million$ played. He’s got a better chance of another injury/surgery then being ready on opening day.

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