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Interesting take on Grady’s situation from a former player who knows all too well what it feels like to go through injuries, Gabe Kapler.
I remember sitting and chatting with Boston third baseman Mike Lowell, when I was with the Red Sox in 2006. We stared across the diamond at Sizemore. We marveled at this man’s talent. There was absolutely nothing he could not do. His complete package of tools and production was the best in all of the sport.
Sizemore is 31, and has now had two full seasons off after an avalanche of injuries. In those two years, his muscles have had ample time to repair themselves and, perhaps more importantly, his mind has had a break from the grind. Players may regress in production and health, but their extreme talent doesn’t disappear at this age.
“If healthy, Sizemore would compete for playing time in center field with rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. in spring training,” Boston.com reported.
Let’s get one thing straight: If Sizemore is truly healthy, he won’t be competing for playing time. He’ll be an All-Star.
Check out the full article at FoxSports.
A few weeks ago, the likelihood of Grady Sizemore jetting into Logan Airport — just ahead of Tuesday night’s snowstorm — seemed unlikely. And to think that the 31-year-old might actually leave town as a member of the Red Sox appeared to be even more far-fetched.
It wasn’t that Sizemore was unattainable. After all, he hadn’t played a major league game since Sept. 22, 2011, having undergone micro-fracture surgery in both knees, a sports hernia procedure and treatment for back issues.
It was just that the Red Sox weren’t exactly diving into the Sizemore market like some other teams.
The interest level expressed by the World Series champs at the winter meetings in early December was tepid, with the outfielder already possessing a major league contract offer by the time things broke up in Orlando. And even when the holidays rolled around, the Red Sox weren’t considered truly in the mix.
But then Dan Dyrek showed up in Arizona.
Read the full article at WEEI.com
On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Boston Red Sox signed Grady to a one-year major league contract worth a base of $750k, possibly earning $6 million with incentives.
Once a rising star, Sizemore has been plagued by a barrage of injuries and has had numerous surgeries in recent years, including microfracture surgery on both knees.
But Sizemore thinks he is ready to start spending his time on the field instead of the training table.
“So far I’ve been pretty much going through a normal offseason — running, training, doing baseball stuff, throwing and hitting,” Sizemore said. “When I come to camp, I should be ready to go and fit right in and just kind of get my legs underneath me and go from there.”
If Sizemore can stay healthy, he at least has a chance to win a starting job. Prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will be his top competition in center field.
Read more HERE.
Listen to Grady talking about signing with the Red Sox for the 2014 MLB season.