In what has been a lackluster offseason thus far for the reigning World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox followed suit this past Wednesday by signing former All-Star free agent Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore, a former three-time All-Star, signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with incentives to earn up to $6 million.
A noticeable name in baseball circles, the signing of Sizemore has created a wow-factor among the Boston fanbase. While in his prime, Sizemore was one of baseball’s best players. A member to the 30 home run-30 stolen base club, Sizemore had a unique combination of raw power and speed that was rare throughout the game.
Unfortunately, Sizemore belonged to the 30/30 club nearly six years ago. Injuries to his knees and back forced Sizemore out of baseball following the 2011 season. With diminished skills he totaled just 10 home runs and four stolen bases in his last two seasons for the Cleveland Indians.
Scrambling for outfield help following the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox seemed poised to make a substantial offseason addition to their outfield core. With players like Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran dangling before their eyes in free agency, the Red Sox deemed both players too rich for their liking. While a valid case could be made for both, the Red Sox have dropped the ball in their attempt to bolster their outfield.
With question marks concerning youth, inconsistency and durability to their current outfield, the signing of Sizemore further adds to an already shaky situation.
While there is still time for the Red Sox this offseason, the reporting of pitchers and catchers is rapidly approaching. With the Feb. 15 date right around the corner, the Red Sox would be smart to make a move for a proven outfielder ASAP.