Before Wednesday, it seemed inevitable that the Reds would be able to sign free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore to a contract. And just like that it changed.
As I'm sure you have heard by now, Sizemore did not in fact sign with Cincinnati, but chose to ink his name with the Boston Red Sox, instead. Apparently, this came as quite a shock to Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who said he totally believed the two sides had a deal in place before the Red Sox swooped in.
"We thought we were going to get it done," Jocketty said Thursday morning before setting off on the team's annual caravan. "That’s all I’ll say about it. He changed his mind at the last minute. That’s his prerogative.”
Having a change of heart is nothing new to anyone reading this blog post. It happens all of the time. But I would venture to guess that money played the decisive factor into Sizemore's pledge. As the old adage goes, money talks. And it did some serious talking here.
Still, it will be very interesting to see how Sizemore pans out in Beantown. Having not played professional baseball since 2011, the left-handed hitting and throwing 31-year-old is bound to show some rust, but if he can get anywhere close to the form he was in 2006-2008, look out.
I for one am hoping Sizemore finds success.
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