Released by the Phillies two weeks ago, veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore has signed a minor-league deal with the Rays.
Sizemore has been healthy recently after injuries repeatedly derailed his career with the Indians, but unfortunately he no longer looks capable of providing much value as a regular.
Sizemore hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2011 and hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2009, hitting a combined .228 with 15 homers and a .648 OPS from 2009-2015.
It’s possible he’ll re-emerge as a bench player, but presumably the Rays will make him put together a strong stretch at Triple-A before considering a call-up for the 32-year-old former three-time All-Star.
No teams were interested in trading for Grady Sizemore or even claiming his remaining contract off waivers, so the Phillies released the veteran outfielder after designating him for assignment.
Sizemore signed with the Phillies in the middle of last season after being released by the Red Sox and then re-signed for this year at $2 million, but he hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 total games for Philadelphia.
Once among the best all-around players in baseball, Sizemore’s career was wrecked by injuries and he hasn’t posted an OPS above .750 since 2009. It’s sad that he’s now healthy enough to play regularly but no longer good enough to really help a team much doing so despite being only 32 years old.
To make room for Cody Asche’s return to the roster and the outfield the Phillies have designated for assignment Grady Sizemore.
There was some speculation that Philadelphia would trade Ben Revere and that may still happen, but in the meantime they cut bait on the 32-year-old former All-Star who’s struggled to re-establish himself as a useful regular since injuries derailed his career.
Sizemore hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 games for the Phillies since they acquired him in the middle of last season and he hasn’t topped a .725 OPS in a season since 2009.
Satisfied with Cody Asche’s transition from third baseman to left fielder the Phillies have recalled him from Triple-A.
Asche spent about three weeks in the minors, hitting .295 with one homer and a .752 OPS in 15 games while learning a new position. In his absence prospect Maikel Franco took over as the Phillies’ starting third baseman and he’ll remain there while Asche moves to the outfield.
Asche’s return likely means less playing time for Ben Revere, who had been starting in left field every day after ceding center field to Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera. Revere could also play right field, where Grady Sizemore has been very unproductive, but several reports recently have said the Phillies are shopping Revere anyway.
As for Asche, the offensive bar is even higher in left field than it was at third base and so far he’s hit just .247 with 17 homers and a .686 OPS in 201 games for the Phillies. Moving to a new position was important because it opened up a spot for Franco, but Asche also needs to start hitting to remain in the team’s long-term plans.
Domonic Brown has been down in Triple-A Lehigh Valley on an injury rehab assignment. He has hit poorly on his assignment, but was eligible to come off the assignment today. Brown told reporters that he expected to be back in Philly when he did. Ryne Sandberg didn’t like it too much.
But whether it was based on his performance or on his comments, know that he will not be heading to Philadelphia. The Phillies just activated him and then optioned him to Triple-A.
Brown, who some people still talk about as if he’s some rising prospect for some reason, is 27-years-old and has 1,544 major league plate appearances. He was an All-Star who hit 27 homers in 2013, but regressed greatly last year and began this year on the DL with an achilles injury.
Now he’s in the minors again. While guys like Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur take hacks in Philly.