Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Phillies Sign Grady Sizemore To Minors Deal

Headed To City Of Brotherly Love—And Crazy Fans
As was suggested here five days ago, the Phillies have signed former Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract. Sizemore will join up with the elegantly-named Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs—the AAA affiliate of The Fightins. Reportedly, Sizemore has an opt-out he can exercise if Philadelphia doesn't put him on the major league roaster by the All-Star Break. Despite the 31-year old's amazing Spring Training, he never was able to translate that performance into the regular season after a long two-year-plus layoff. Said Philly GM Ruben Amaro Jr., "I know Boston gave him the opportunity to play, and he had some level of success, and then he did struggle at times. But we'll see what he's got in the tank. We believe in the athlete. We'll see what he's got left. Does he run as well as he used to? No. But he's still very athletic. And our scouts kind of liked some of the things that he did. I mean, really, this is kind of a no-risk, high-reward situation, as far as I'm concerned. We'd like to have more production in the outfield. It's pretty simple." We wish Grady the best of luck in Philly.