After experimenting for months with a player trying to come back from multiple injuries, IE Grady Sizemore, the Red Sox are finally moving on after designating him for assignment. Ben Cherington has 10 days to either trade or release Sizemore. UPDATE: Grady was outright released on 6/18.
Grady ended his time with the Sox with a slash line of;
.216AVG/.288OBP/.324SLG/.612OPS, 10 Doubles, 2 Triples and 2 HR’s. While playing all outfield positions, some better than others.
Temporarily taking Sizemore’s roster spot is Pawtucket 3rd baseman Garin Cecchini. Garin’s stay is not expected to be very long as once Shane Victorino is deemed healthy and ready to play, he’ll take that roster spot from the young 3rd baseman.
Brock Holt will continue to play in the Outfield and in particular try his hand in Centerfield, as Jackie Bradley Jr’s struggles at the plate continue. The Red Sox are going with the hot hand at the moment over Bradley’s defense. Whether Holt is the long term answer in Center (or in general) or if a player such as Pawtucket’s Mookie Betts is the answer remains to be seen but time will tell. I don’t believe anyone is giving up on Jackie but it would appear a demotion would do him some good.
It’s widely known that the Red Sox have been looking for outfield help, recently bringing in veteran outfielder Andres Torres. Personally I don’t see Torres being anything more than a bench player and that Ben still must acquire another bat. The only way around this is if by some sort of miracle Will Middlebrooks takes to playing in the Outfield and his wearing of glasses makes that huge hole in his bat disappear.
One thing is for certain, the release of Grady Sizemore is the first of many moves. Whether Ben makes a trade before or at the trade deadline remains to be seen but the express train from Pawtucket should be busy over the next coming weeks. Go Sox!