Sunday, January 19, 2014

Report: Reds in 'advanced talks' with Grady Sizemore

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that the Reds might be interested in signing former Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. Well, it appears the Reds are more than interested.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the two sides are in "advanced talks" regarding a contract. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer echoed this report, as he spoke with general manager Walt Jocketty on Sunday, who confirmed that the club was indeed hoping to "get something done" within the next week.

The fact that the Reds are vying to add Sizemore isn't all that surprising. Cincinnati has been looking for some cheap insurance to backup Billy Hamilton in center field virtually all winter. And bringing a guy like Sizemore to the mix certainly fits what they are seemingly looking for.

An All-Star from 2006-08, Sizemore hasn't played professional baseball for the last two seasons, as various injuries have limited his production since posting 33 home runs, 38 stolen bases, 39 doubles, and 90 RBI in a fantastic 2008 campaign.

Still, at 31-years-old, and given his track record of success, Sizemore represents a relatively low risk investment with tremendous upside. Will the Seattle native ever return to the form he enjoyed in the mid-2000s? Probably not. But there are far worse moves the Reds could make this offseason than inking Sizemore to a minor league deal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think he would be a good fit for the reds