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Reds in “advanced talks” with outfielder Grady Sizemore

Jan 19, 2014, 7:10 PM EST

Grady Sizemore AP

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Reds are in “advanced talks” with free agent outfielder Grady Sizmore. Rosenthal adds that other teams are involved, however, and that Sizemore might ultimately head in another direction. Reds GM Walt Jocketty said he hopes to “get something done next week,” according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sizemore hasn’t played in the Majors since 2011 as he has been dealing with knee and back injuries since 2010. In May 2010, he suffered a microfracture in his left knee which required surgery, ending his season. He returned in mid-April 2011 but missed a month and a half between mid-July and early September with a sports hernia which also required surgery. He returned on September 5 but had just five hits — all singles — in 38 plate appearances. In October, he had surgery on his right knee. On March 1, 2012, Sizemore underwent surgery again, this time to repair an injury in his lower back. He missed the entire season. In September, he had knee surgery on his right knee again.

Obviously, Sizemore has been the victim of some very poor luck over the last few years, interrupting what was once a promising and potentially Hall of Fame-worthy Major League career. From 2006-2008, Sizemore was an All-Star three times, a Gold Glove winner twice, and he won the Silver Slugger for center field in the American League in 2008.

Now 31 years old, Sizemore is attempting to resume his career with a welcoming team. He’ll have to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    This is just as the kids say, cray.

    Ron Gant, Reggie Sanders and Mark Whiten are all available and would fit the Reds organizational model much more than Sizemore.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Bring back Austin Kearns!

      • okwhitefalcon - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Kearns never played for the Cardinals so that’s just as (forgive me for using this term) out of the box as Sizemore.

        Vince Coleman makes sense, he could tutor Billy Hamilton.

      • bobb12901 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        this guy is on the wrong story cards get off the reds boat

  2. vallewho - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    that’s what I call an “advanced” gamble.

    and please stop throwing around “Hall of Fame”.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      I had to re-read the entry for the HOF blast, hilarious.

      Hyperbole anyone?

      Grady from Sanford and Son and Tom Sizemore of movie and Heidi Fleiss fame have better HOF credentials.

      • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:29 AM

        Sizemore was a great hitter and played great defense in center field. By age 25 he already had four outstanding seasons under his belt. Back in those days, it was easy to imagine that he was on a Hall of Fame trajectory.

        That is all Bill was saying.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Sanford and Son Grady and Fleiss Sizemore had longer periods of excellence and sustained success that Indians Grady Sizemore.

        That is all I was saying.

      • bobb12901 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        like to see the reds get him keep him in ohio

  3. clownsfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Bad idea. Grady will tear his rotator cuff while signing the contract. He’s that fragile.

  4. TheNaturalMevs - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Walt Jocketty is such a joke. LOL. Grady Sizemore… that’s the best you can do?

    • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Ridiculing him for a signing that costs essentially nothing and has high upside: that’s the best you can do?

  5. jonrox - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Grady Sizemore on a minor league deal with no guaranteed money would be a savvy pickup.

    It doesn’t make up for Walt sleeping through the offseason, though.

  6. plmathfoto - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    This way he can stay with all of doctors in Ohio, which he might have missed one or two with all the injuries

  7. bigmeechy74 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    This is the equivalent of signing a corpse

  8. yahmule - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    Has he been getting paid all this time? Because if so, this guy has got it knocked.

    • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Nobody paid him in 2013, according to BR. Also, rehabbing from injury is probably a pretty crappy job.

      • leylandshospicenurse - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Yeah if you were getting paid a million or more to ride an elliptical and stretch daily with bands, you would hate your job…

      • yahmule - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        I’m glad nobody paid him in 2013. He seems like a drain on society to me.

  9. metalhead65 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    has anybody told Walt that sizemore never played for the cardinals? will this affect the amount of the contact they will pay him for not playing a game for the reds? when ludwick shows 2012 was aberration and goes back to playing like he did for the padres and pirates just give Heisey the job in left field. now that dusty is not there to bench him after going 4-5 in a game because of his match ups the guy will show he can do the job when given steady playing time. and he will do it cheaper than what sizemore will cost them and do not kid yourself it will not be a minor league spring training invite, otherwise why would they still be still negotiating?

  10. metalhead65 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    the guy has played 104 games since 2009 what’s to negotiate? you want a job? here is a contract for the min. now go out and prove you deserve a larger one. it is not like he was not well compensated for the all star years he did have,why should they pay him for what he did 5 years ago? stop wasting time and money on these projects and work with the guys you have walt,

  11. bobb12901 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    grady was a good ball player and had a desire to make the play , got him hurt but he should have learned from that I wanna be able to root for him in a reds outfit sign him

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