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Red Sox designate Grady Sizemore for assignment, call up prospect Garin Cecchini

Jun 17, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

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Grady Sizemore‘s feel good story of a comeback in Boston is over, as the Red Sox have designated the outfielder for assignment to make room on the roster for third base prospect Garin Cecchini’s call-up.

Sizemore got off to an impressive start after missing all of 2012 and 2013 with injuries, but then hit just .187 with zero homers and a .530 OPS over a 43-game stretch from April 15 to June 15. Overall he hit .216 with two homers and a 41/19 K/BB ratio in 52 games, producing a measly .612 OPS that ranks 83rd out of 93 outfielders with at least 150 plate appearances.

Sizemore can surely find another team willing to take a flier on him via a minor-league deal, but sadly it’s looking likely that all the injuries and missed time have the three-time All-Star seeming washed up at age 31.

Cecchini briefly made his MLB debut for the Red Sox on June 1 before heading back to Triple-A, where he’s hit .263 with two homers and a .673 OPS in 62 games as a 23-year-old. That’s unimpressive production, but Cecchini was 74th on Baseball America’s list of prospects heading into the season. He’s played exclusively third base in the minors and the Red Sox have Xander Bogaerts there after re-signing Stephen Drew to play shortstop, so it’s unclear whether Cecchini is in their plans for more than another brief stint.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    1) good luck Grady.

    2) Just what the Red Sox need — another third baseman. Welcome to the big league kid. He just might be the long term solution to the third base position in Boston, but what will they do with the other warm bodies who have played third base for the Red Sox this season?.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Learn Left Field or find another place to play.

      • Caught Looking - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Pavement Coffeehouse. 1096 Boylston

    • Caught Looking - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Cecchini is up for another cup of coffee as he will probably be sent back when Victorino returns from the DL.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Then, I hope he enjoys the coffee. Is there anything better than Starbucks in Boston?

      • drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        There are several good spots, but I’m not tellin’. The zombie masses can keep drinking their burnt milk & sugar (aka Dunkin’ Donuts).

    • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      re. point 1) Ditto.

  2. pete2112 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Signing Ellsbury to a new contract would’ve helped.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      It would help this year but not in five. It hurts in the short term but it was the right move by the Sox.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Have you actually looked at Ellbury’s 2014 stats, or are you basing this on 2011?

      Because, at this point, you could make a more compelling case for keeping Coco Crisp than Jacoby.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      The way things are going, it’ll be Betts in CF next year.

  3. Caught Looking - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    The timing was right to DFA him as he was due another bonus for hitting 225 plate appearances.

    • sidelineshot - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Excellent point

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    “Our outfield is terrible. What should we do?”
    “Get rid of one of the outfielders.”
    “Ok, and shall we replace him with an outfielder from the minors?”
    “No. Bring up another guy to play 3rd base. We don’t have enough of those.”
    “O….k….and what about the outfield?”
    “Is JD Drew available?”

    • edelmanfanclub - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Would gladly take JD back in exchange for Stephen.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      “Play the kids.” — tfbuckfutter

      BREAKING: RED SOX TO PLAY THE KIDS

      “Grrr.” — tfbuckfutter

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        They aren’t playing the kids.

        They now have Bogaerts, Drew and Herrera to split time at SS and Bogaerts, Holt, and Cecchini who should all be getting consistent playing time (How is Holt not most valuable at 3rd?)

        “Play the kids” doesn’t mean “Play all the kids at the same position at the same time.”

        You realize this crap is why so many of our top prospects, and “long term answers” at certain positions, never properly develop, right?

        “Jackie Bradley Jr. Centerfielder of the future. Don’t sign Jacoby. We’ll just go through the growing pains and be set for the next 7 years…..Also, let’s bring Grady Sizemore in to compete with Jackie, you know, just in case he actually was gaining some confidence based on our confidence in him….Sorry Jackie, you lost the battle for the roster spot we cleared out for you….Well, Grady IS terrible but he did hit that home run early on, so lets stick with him for another 100 ABs.”

        You realize it’s a miracle that Dustin Pedroia was actually allowed to work through his rookie slump, right?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Geez,,, now that you put it that way, how does anyone root for the Red Sox?

        sounds like they are a TERRIBLY run organization…

      • drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Sizemore was nobody’s idea of competition in CF. It only became that way when a) he raked in spring training, b) Bradley was abjectly terrible, and c) Victorino wasn’t ready to start the year, so they needed a backup CF who wasn’t Victorino.

        The Sox are doing with Bradley what they did with Pedroia–I don’t get why you think otherwise.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Sawks front office is the worst. 3 World Series in 10 years, 2nd best farm system in MLB – how do you find the strength to continue to root for them? You’re truly an inspiration to fans of downtrodden teams everywhere.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        On what basis is it the 2nd best farm system?

        We’ll never know because they refuse to commit to the players there.

        They either have no faith in their players, or they have no faith in their scouts.

        And those three World Series teams were radically different from one another and constructed, basically, by 3 different front offices. Four, really if you consider that Duquette built a lot of the 2004 roster and Theo wasn’t present for the Marlins trade. That’s like coupling the 1997 Marlins and 2003 Marlins team as part of the same run of success.

      • sabatimus - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Refuse to commit? What?

        Clay Buchholz
        Kevin Youkilis
        Dustin Pedroia
        Jacoby Ellsbury (715 games with the parent team)
        Jon Lester

        And that’s just from the AA affiliate Sea Dogs, and since the team switched from being the Marlins affiliate in 2003. These are/were All-Star caliber players.

        As far as the strength of the current farm system:

        Mookie Betts
        Garin Cecchini
        Anthony Ranaudo
        Henry Owens

        And that’s just off the top of my head.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Don’t confuse tbuck with facts – his mind is made up already.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        @sabatimus Great. Throw Nomar in there too since we’re talking about guys who were prospects a decade ago.

        Those guys have all matured and left (or had the opportunity to leave), with no one lined up to take their place.

        Or at least, no one they will actually commit to. You know what this team could use? An outfielder who OPSes .907 when given the chance to play. Someone like, I don’t know, a Brandon Moss. But, what’re gonna do? He didn’t make the best of the 103 ABs he got with the big club.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        You complain that the examples are a decade old. Then why use Brandon Moss as a counterexample? He didn’t break out until age 28, and that was after washing out with Pittsburgh, after Boston.

      • mazblast - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        tfbuck–Moss was a middling prospect used as trade bait (Nady? I’m too lazy to look it up). He was nothing much with Pittsburgh, like almost every “prospect” they dealt veterans for during a 15-year stretch. Don’t blame just Boston for his not developing as quickly as most good hitters; my Pirates and almost everyone else passed on him, too.

        You’re dismissing sabatimus’ list as being from long ago and missing his point. Unlike the evil empire, the Sawx HAVE let some of their prospects develop, sometimes at the major league level. You seem to think that the front office is doing something seriously wrong by not letting EVERY prospect work through his struggles at the major league level, without realizing that no team does that. Contenders in particular can’t let their top guys struggle; it’s do or die, or in this case, do or be gone. It’s the way of prospects. They can’t ALL be just “allowed to play”.

        The Red Sox do have a strong farm system. It’s what’s kept them at or near the top most years this century. They use some in deals, they use some as reserves, they use some as starters. And the prospects keep on coming, thanks to good scouting and good analysis. It’s where they have the edge on you-know-who and on most teams in MLB.

        And I say this as a fan of another team.

      • mazblast - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Oops. Moss was in the Bay deal. Nady went to that other team. So difficult to remember which Pirate went where in those usually-useless deals.

    • Jack Marshall - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      They are using Holt as an outfielder, and Victorino makes 5. Try to pay attention.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Or you can look at it this way. The Red Sox think Holt is fine in the outfield, and should play every day (at least until the shine wears off). But he can’t really be a backup IF, because he’s stretched at short. The only players who aren’t stretched at short are Drew & Herrera. So Herrera sticks. Cecchini is up because Middlebrooks isn’t ready yet (and possibly terrible), Victorino’s not ready yet, and Bogaerts may need a breather at third while trying to give Holt more outfield reps.

  5. bbk1000 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    The old Mets would have signed him, given him two more guaranteed years and a no trade clause…..Sandy will only guarantee one year….so I’m ok I guess…..

    Such is the life of a Mets fan….

  6. ramblingalb - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Sizemore’s numbers would be far better if he had average BAbip and if he would not have so many PA’s versus LHP. Seems very likely he will thrive in a reserve/platoon role with more rest as well.

  7. metalhead65 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    did somebody say a washed up outfielder is on the market? walt jocketty is on the line for you right now grady. just lie and say you can play left, you can’t be worse than skippy or ludwick can you?

  8. bmadormo - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Hope someone gives him a chance- a class guy who had a world of talent. Was hoping he could manufacture a second career like Eric Chavez

  9. dfleek - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Well maybe the reds will give him a chance after he balk on them this spring. He has to be better than what they have now . Just saying

    • mazblast - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      No, he doesn’t “have to be better than what they have now”, even though what the Reds have in LF now is pretty bad. Grady’s worse. He’s toast. He’s done. The teenage girls will find someone new to squeal about.

  10. Jack Marshall - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Aren’t playing the kids…WHAT? Bogaerts, Bradley, Middlebrooks, Holt, Workman, De La Rosa…?? Farrell has stuck with Bradley despite awful offense. These comments are insane. No connection to reality.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      My issue is with HOW they are developing them. As I said about Bradley. He was given the job, and then Sizemore was brought in to compete with him, and then he took the job. What do you think that does to his confidence going forward?

      And yeah, Bogaerts has been great….but he’s now pretty much guaranteed to be a 3rd baseman where his bat isn’t as valuable as it is at SS. It’s much easier to find a decent 3B than a SS who can hit. That’s my point. He’s playing because he clearly should be playing, but playing giving up on him playing the position he’s supposed to man for the foreseeable future 60 games into the year to make room for Stephen Drew is ridiculous. Especially when he and Holt were making a pretty formidable offensive pairing at 3B and SS (although Holt in the OF is a better value right now because of the poor options, but not when it results in Herrera’s bat being in the lineup).

      There is absolutely no clear plan involved in this season when there seemed to be the framework going in, and nothing catastrophic has happened to change what SHOULD have been the building-for-the-future plan aside from Bradley struggling and Middlebrooks being injured (even though Holt more than filled that hole adequately).

      WHY do you bring in a Sizemore and panic and bring in a Drew when you’ve clearly laid out that you’re in a transition year?

      • theRed - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:12 AM

        Totally agree with TB.

        To be honest, I think they were trying for a bridge year in 2013 AND 2014 with the hope that they can re-organize this team when they figure out the books on the current team.

        I don’t think anyone, especially Red Sox management, expected David Ortiz to keep producing or would want to assuming the team tanks. They expect Lester to produce, but wanted to know what their future was (especially with Owens and upcoming 2k15 FA) before doling him out a truck of money. This is hard to say, but you also must wonder why Mookie Betts was still playing 2nd base when SS, 3rd base and 2nd base was crowded, unless they have a future-future plan to possibly supplant Pedroia if he cannot continue to produce.

        The latter suspicion seems egregious, especially considering this is very recent money they put on the 2nd baseman. But it was WAYYY less than Kinsler, and a lot less than Cano, who he’s produced around or above the latter two in a few seasons recently. The contract is limited with a no-trade clause, meaning management left an opening to vacate Pedroia if push comes to shove.

        As well, much of the hitting a pitching staff were on contracts that were due to expire in 2014-15, so I wonder if the WS run created a disruption in the Sox rebuilding plans. They also have had eyes on other OF, in a big way with Stanton, and in murmurs with Jon Mayberry. I think their goal has been to somewhat be competitive with pitching but try to take advantage to build their minor league ranks. And they got sideswiped with actually winning which lead to moves such as keeping Sizemore and taking back Drew.

        The Red Sox need to address this season, and its hard because their only impediment from another AL East title is the Blue Jays. A dominant Yankee or Tampa year and they would’ve shown their cards, but now it just seems to be an erratic wavering between building a good team and giving youngsters playing time. The 2nd Wild Card spot doesn’t help either, especially when they can trot out Lester or Lackey against pretty much any team that isn’t Detroit or Oakland if they needed a wild card win come October.

        This team is a rebuild masking as a champion, but at some point they’re going to have to choose between the slumping veterans or the anxious youngsters. Like TB said, being erratic with playing time will kill the young talent for the future. And it will also make it hard to trade these pieces if they decide to contend.

        Right now, Napoli and Holt are our only 1B, and Herrera isn’t the best hitter coming off the bench. Cecchini feels like they’re getting close to the waving the flag. But Red Sox Nation isn’t aware of the surrender. And as long as we are 3-5 games away from a playoff berth, not sure if the Red Sox want to give up either. But they are killing the growth of some of these players, and they need to decide quick, or else we could be degrading some good talent that will hopefully be on the field for years to come.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:22 AM

        tbuck and theRed – I’m glad you found each other. Every serious fan should have someone to indulge their most delusional thoughts.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        They brought Drew in before they knew they could rely on Holt. Bogaerts was struggling defensively at SS and Herrera can’t hit.

        Besides, what difference does it make? It’s not like Bogaerts is really a shortstop.

    • drewzducks - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Also Tazawa. My biggest complaint with them organizationally over the last hand full of years is their repeated failures at trading for bullpen help, often at the expense of prospects who turned out to be pretty solid players: Lowrie/Melqncon, Murphy/Gagne and Reddick/Bailey immediately come to mind. Moss had to be sent to Pittsburgh as part of the Manny/Bay deal, Masterson netted them V. Mart and even the Iglesias/Peavy deal wasn’t that bad, especially with Xander and Cecchini as SS options.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        I know that some of the trades have been favorable (and some have been awful)…..I’m just annoyed that the trades happen so often when….you know…develop the guys, believe in your scouting (or improve the scouting department to the point where you DO believe in them), and actually play the prospects and see what you have. Then maybe you don’t have to so often trade prospects for pedestrian players.

        The notion that a team can’t be successful and also make mistakes is faulty. The Sox have been a mostly well run team over the last 2 decades. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t be better.

      • theRed - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:51 AM

        Thing is, the Red Sox in the last decade have been very particular about the makings of the corner OF positions and prospects with injuries.

        Nothing against Lowrie, but he had FOUR years to develop with a team that was trying to win a division. Especially for that position, that is a lot of years to put into one player who consistently didn’t pan out, regardless of the issue. They traded him and made him someone else’s problem. All due respect to his great year last year, it was his only year he played more than 100 games. Josh Reddick had three years, and didn’t build the power or the ability to hit lefties that was needed for this lineup. So it made sense to let him go.

        David Murphy is a good player, and I do wish he was on the Sox now. But seriously, how much clout does a 20/80 guy have as a corner OF in this league anymore? There are so many of those type of players on the market, and hell, the Sox didn’t even want to keep Jason Bay, and he killed it at that spot.

        You see it with their incoming guys with Kalish and Nava, who had minor/major league success and (barring injuries with Kalish) could replicate those stats. Not only that, but the ceiling with guys like Reddick isn’t high, and as we can all see now, if the Red Sox kept Reddick, we would have one good season followed by one “WTF” season.

        And the same with Nava. But the point is that they were good hitters but in no way were they long-term staples. And that they could easily be replaced with guys from the minors, so it wasn’t like the Sox were losing a bat in these trades. I’m pretty sure Carp can put up a good season in the OF equal to what we gave away.

        Moss needed to go because the Pirates wanted him. And not only did we have to get rid of Manny, but we were able to land Jason Bay, who was essentially Moss all grown-up and able to mash at Fenway. Bay had chronic knee issues, which no one knew in hindsight until his last season with the Sox, so it wasn’t like anyone was aware that Moss had almost equal worth to Bay at this point. As well, Moss struggled for a few years until he ended up with Oakland, so who knows where Moss would be if Billy Beane didn’t give him a chance.

        I’d give a push on the trades. I don’t think any team in history has ever traded for four closers who all ended up with career ending injuries and/or confidence issues (Melancon, who’s now lighting it up in Pitt). But they never had a dearth of corner OF talent. The ones we let go; would we really want them back?

  11. papajack1259 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Brock is the new outfielder experiment with Grady gone, Carp will return, I think with the pitching they have if De La Rosa comes on they will let Peavy go and who knows Middlebrooks? Bradley? If they are close at the break with their staff they could surprise some ….Toronto has to falter though this is their history it’s an interesting season for the Sox they are in a good position no one is chasing them….my question had a team gone from worst to first to worst in two seasons before?

  12. papajack1259 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    PS I thought Seizmore was a good chance to take he is only 31 I rooted for him and hoped he did well alas such is the life of these millionaires.

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