Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Grady Sizemore officially off the table

Despite reports to the contrary, free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore will not be suiting up for the Reds organization in 2014.

Earlier this month, it was first reported that the Reds may have an interest in the ex-Indians All-Star, who hasn't played professionally since 2011. But that all changed by Wednesday afternoon, as general manager Walt Jocketty went on the radio in Cincinnati and revealed that the club wouldn't be landing Sizemore after all. While some immediately speculated that health concerns might have reason to do with Cincy's reluctance to sign the 31-year-old, it appears as though the issue had to do more with money.

This is because the Boston Red Sox swooped in and agreed to sign Sizemore to a major league contract worth $750,000 guaranteed, with the possibility to earn up to $6 million in incentives.

The news has obviously been received with sadness among a portion of Reds fans. The low-risk, high-reward investment associated with Sizemore was very appealing. But in the end, the Reds just couldn't match the offer laid out on the table by the Red Sox.

So, where does this leave the Reds now? Well, for starters, it doesn't appear there is anything new looming on the horizon, and the team could very well be preparing to head toward spring with the roster it currently has, which is sort of a scary proposition when you consider who they lost from last year's club.

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