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.
Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.
Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.