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Phillies may bring Grady Sizemore back for the 2015 season

Aug 16, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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The Phillies have a reputation around baseball for being the team that collects old and injury-prone players.’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies may be interested in bringing outfielder Grady Sizemore back for the 2015 season, which certainly won’t help dispel that reputation.

GM Ruben Amaro was asked if the oft-injured veteran could be part of a rebuilding effort:

“Yeah, very possible,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently. “He’s played well enough to certainly be in consideration for 2015 and beyond. But again that’s one of those questions we’ll continue to assess. What we do with our outfield will be one of those questions, and he could very well be a part of it.”

Sizemore started the season with the Red Sox but struggled after getting off to a hot start in April. When the team released him on June 18, he had a .216/.288/.324 slash line with two home runs, 15 RBI, and five stolen bases. The Phillies picked him up through free agency on June 24. Since then, Sizemore has hit well, slashing .305/.347/.432.

However, the Phillies don’t figure to be contenders for at least two seasons and the goal is to get younger and healthier. Sizemore, obviously, doesn’t fit either criteria. The Phillies already have a crowded outfield as is with Marlon Byrd in right field, Ben Revere in center, and the struggling Domonic Brown in left. It’s tough to see how Sizemore fits in with the team through the rest of this season, let alone in 2015.

  1. sleepyirv - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Well if you don’t have any kids, you gotta get pretty creative in your rebuilding efforts.

  2. greymares - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Why not ? Everybody else will be back.

  3. drewzducks - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    2015 Phillies motto: “The future is not now.”

  4. scoochpooch - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Yup, Grady tearing it up as soon as he leaves AL for terrible NL. Why are there no stories about this fact every year?

    • scoochpooch - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Does anyone here watch baseball or do they just refuse to listen to the truth?
      The examples are plentiful, right off the top of my head: Pujols, Burnett, Choo, McCann, Beltran, Sizemore, Melky, Fielder, etc.

      • bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        And Miguel Cabrera, and Jose Bautista, and BJ Upton, Carl Crawford, Adam Dunn, and Anibal Sanchez

        Oh, wait…

  5. twinfan24 - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Last full productive season was 2008, bad enough early this year to be DFA, already 31 years old. But, looks slightly above replacement in less than 30 games in Philadelphia. Yep, sounds like a great guy to have around for a rebuilding effort.

  6. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    As long as he isn’t anticipating a starting job they might as well. He could and should take the place of John Mayberry Jr. and it’s not like they have any OF prospects on the farm that are knocking on the door anytime soon.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Thinking more about this, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Just playing drunken armchair GM right now, the Phillies go after Rusney Castillo and drop a Brinks truck of cash at him. That could potentially make Marlon Byrd expendable and could dangle him for some pitching/prospect depth. Considering at this moment in time the only certain thing in the 2015 rotation is Cole Hamels(barring any future trades in the offseason) and hopefully a healthy Cliff Lee.

      • greymares - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:33 AM

        I don’t know enough about this guy other than he doesn’t have power. The Phillies must get at least 1 corner outfielder with 30 HR potential from somewhere.

      • tmc602014 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Won’t work. Philadelphia already has a drunken GM.

    • bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Yeah, the problem isn’t a bench player being a veteran on the rebuilding team. You’d rather have the young guy playing every day in AAA anyway. The problem is the starters being the veteran players.

      Though perhaps some of those overpaid starters could be moved to bench roles (since they are largely untradable) making room for youth and pushing Sizemore out of the picture entirely.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    They won’t bring him back unless he’ll agree to a 5 year contract.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      Also a no trade clause.

  8. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    “The Phillies already have a crowded outfield as is with Marlon Byrd in right field, Ben Revere in center, and the struggling Domonic Brown in left.”

    I think you meant to write “The junkyard owner already has a 2002 Camry, a three-wheeled golf cart, and Pitbull’s duet with Christina Aguilera”

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      I found that very funny,but Christina has some pipes.

      Out of the triumverate of evil that the Disney brand put on us in the 90’s really did turn out all right.Timberlake revived a very flacid SNL,Brittant conquered her demons and Christine is the REAL singer in that group.But you are right about the duet.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        The song was hot last May and hasn’t had any impact since

  9. jinx21fan - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    I’ve always liked Grady. Phillies or not, I hope he stays healthy and contributes next season somewhere.

    • pbastille - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM


  10. andreweac - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Of course RAJ is bringing Grady Sizemore back. Probably sign him to a 2 year deal. Dude is a gritty, grizzled veteran that knows how to win, right?

  11. mungman69 - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:37 AM

    Rubin Amarow will keep this guy

  12. corky2141 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    @scoochpooch the terrible NL that has won 3 of the last 4 & 4 of the last 6 World Series. Yup that’s it.
    And I’m sure RAJ is working on a 3 yr deal with a 4th yr player option. FIRERAJ

  13. jimmywho14 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Give him a two year deal with a vesting option, that seems to be working out pretty good for you Ruben

  14. mikedi33 - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Actually it is hard to see how Ben Revere and Domonic Brown should fit into the Phillies plans. Ben Revere is not a major league outfielder .He has no arm at all and players run at will on him turning singles into doubles and scoring from third on shallow flyballs. He hits .300 but does not walk at all. A winning team is not going to build around him. Brown has had 6 decent weeks in 3 plus years at the Major League level and is clueless on how to field. He will probably be a star on another team but he needs a change of scenery. Mayberry wont be offered a contract.

  15. Bob Loblaw - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Shouldn’t the question be whether Amaro will be here in 2015???

    • bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Is that still a question? They can’t possibly be considering keeping him, can they?

  16. radiantbeans - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    RAJ isn’t rebuilding…. With a healthy C.Lee and Hamels he’s gonna try to contend next year.

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