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.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.