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Red Sox release Grady Sizemore

Jun 18, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Boston has released outfielder Grady Sizemore after designating him for assignment yesterday.

That means he’s now a free agent and able to sign with any team for any salary, presumably leading to a minor-league contract and a stint at Triple-A somewhere in the near future. It’s not surprising that the Red Sox couldn’t find taker for him via trade.

Sizemore’s nice start with the Red Sox quickly turned sour, as he hit just .187 with zero homers and a .530 OPS in his final 43 games. He’s still just 31 years old, but Sizemore hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since way back in 2009 and has been one of the worst regulars in the league this year.

  1. cur'68 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Dammit. Good luck Grady. Don’t listen to Nickelback and keep on plugging away. Work on hitting that breaking ball, ok?

  2. sfm073 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    When you haven’t been effective in 5 seasons you aren’t “just 31”.

  3. lenbias34pt - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Sizemore was the classic signing every sports fan falls for.
    How many sox fans saw solid D , 25-30 bombs and a reasonable average?

    When in truth, his last good season was 2009 and than he only hit 248 and 18 HR’s.
    We all believe what we want to happen/ want to believe instead of believing what is probable or even just straight true.

    Amazingly some GM’s (see the Cowboys) run their team with this mindset.

    • pbastille - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Nice screen name. Len Bias — he would’ve been great. His time at MD and mine overlapped and I got to see him play several times. Kid was amazing.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      All teams have their overly optimistic homers who think every move is a right move.

      I didn’t mind the signing because they were just bringing a body to camp to see what he had left, and was optimistic early on when he had a hot start.

      Realistically this is the logical outcome, but you still have to root for that story from the beginning especially when it looks like it might happen.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Uh, hate to burst your snark bubble old sport; no Red Sox fan ever thought Sizemore would put up those kind of numbers. Not many thought he would even make the squad.

  4. hoopmatch - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Watch Oakland sign him and get decent production. Or at least I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • clydeserra - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      well, part of his downfall was not being used right. Against righties he is a tick below average, against lefties he is basically you or me going up there.

      If he can latch on with a team that employs a strict platoon (coincidentally like the A’s) then he can be a useful piece.

      Just not the A’s, unless he can play 2nd base.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        If he’s still got a good glove,I’d like to see the Twins platoon him with right hand hitting Fuld. It would be better than sending our shortstop out to play center every other day.

      • clydeserra - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        that might work out pretty well.

        of course, as you know, you put on those pinstripes and you lose 40 hit points. Grady would be served well to level up his heath bar before signing there.

  5. corky2141 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Phillies sign him to three year deal then try to trade him

  6. philipharmonic - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    My dream is to be Grady Sizemore’s coffee mug.

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