Grady Sizemore’s comeback story isn’t over quite yet.
Less than a week after the former Indians outfielder was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, Sizemore signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 24. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports Sizemore’s contract contains a July opt-out clause. The exact date for the opt-out clause is unknown at this time, but MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reports he can opt-out prior to the All-Star break.
Source: Sizemore can opt out of #Phillies deal if not in the majors by the All-Star break.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 24, 2014
Sizemore posted a .216/.228/.324 slashline in 52 games (185 ABs) for Boston this year, his first year back in professional baseball after missing all of 2012 with injuries (along with most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons). Grady hit 10 doubles, two triples and two home runs, and if Sizemore doesn’t make it back with the Phillies, his last hit will come against Cleveland. Sizemore will report to the Phillies’s AAA team:
The Phillies have signed OF Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract. He will report to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on Thursday. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 24, 2014
Clearly, despite Philadelphia being in last place and having an aging roster, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t ready to try to rebuild, and hopes Grady Sizemore can provide some part-time pop to a team only six games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.