About a week ago, it seemed that even Ruben Amaro and David Montgomery had come to the conclusion that some sort of rebuild was inevitable. A four game winning-streak and taking eight of their last ten, might have slightly changed that gameplan, as the Phillies appear to have checked in on Grady Sizemore‘s services.
heard phillies are a team that’s reached out to grady sizemore. but there are others, as well. seems like a low-risk play.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 20, 2014
Sizemore, once viewed as a five-tool outfielder as a member of the Cleveland Indians, was released by the Red Sox (and cleared waivers) after his first stint in the big-leagues since 2011. After an impressive Spring Training, Sizemore batted just .216 in 185 bats.
If the Phillies were able to add Sizemore into the fold, it would likely prevent Darin Ruf and Tony Gwynn Jr. from returning to the MLB roster. You would assume that Marlon Byrd, Ben Revere, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry would stay on the roster, and Sizemore would become the team’s fifth outfielder. Keeping Ruf out of the MLB wouldn’t make sense longterm, but the mishandling of Ruf isn’t new. As for Gwynn, you feel for what has happened to him recently, but Sizemore would offer a bit more off the bench than he would.
In the short-term, while Ruf is injured, I guess, why not try this? If Sizemore produces, then you get a cheap bench player. If not, you let him go. Bringing Sizemore in, if he doesn’t have somewhere better to go sign, doesn’t prevent you from selling at the end of July, or even in August. It’s mid-June now, so the team might as well ride out this current hot-streak for what it’s worth. Don’t worry, it’s only June 20th, and there is plenty of time for the Phillies to fall out of the race and back into obvious seller mode.