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Walt Jocketty thought he had a deal with Grady Sizemore

Jan 23, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

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Yesterday I wondered why the Reds-Grady Sizemore deal that had been reported to be in the works so long fell through. I wondered if it was Sizemore’s health (nope, given that Boston jumped on him) or if it was because one team was offering a major league deal while the Reds offered something less. Nope, it wasn’t that either. Sizemore just changed his mind

As C. Trent Rosecrans reports, Reds GM Walt Jocketty thought the team had agreed to a deal with Sizemore. Jocketty tells him “we thought we were going to get it done and he changed his mind at the last minute.” He added, however, that “that’s his prerogative.” A deal ain’t done until the ink is on the paper.

I guess this shows that, whatever injuries and rust Sizemore has, cheap outfield depth with some upside is kinda valuable these days.

  1. chacochicken - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    The Orioles already had a failed physical on him.

  2. pastabelly - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Sizemore has a history with Farrell and Hazen from their days in Cleveland. Maybe Sizemore also likes his chances with Bradley junior as the competition.

  3. jonrox - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    He made some comments about liking the Red Sox’ medical game plan for him, and I wonder how much the Reds’ recent failures at treating chronic/persistent injuries came into play for him. Most notably, the Votto knee injury did not seem to be treated correctly and lingered for longer than it seemed it should, but also injuries to Cueto, Nick Massett, and Sean Marshall just never got better.

  4. yordo - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    A bidding war for Sizemore. What year is it?

  5. pisano - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Walt, don’t lose any sleep over not signing him, he’ll be on the DL in no time.

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