For weeks, multiple sources reported that the Cincinnati Reds and Grady Sizemore were very close to a deal that would bring Sizemore back from a three year hiatus from professional baseball. Unfortunately, Sizemore decided he would play elsewhere when he signed a free-agent deal with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
Throughout the past few weeks, in which the reports surfaced, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty was very confident on the deal getting done.
"That's all I will say about it. We thought we were going to get it done. He changed his mind at the last minute. That's his prerogative."
Once a Cleveland Indian from 2004 to 2011, the three-time all-star was sidelined with injuries including surgeries to both of his knees. He sounded confident about his return.
“So far, I’ve been pretty much going through a normal offseason," said Sizemore of his comeback. “Running, training, doing baseball stuff, throwing, and hitting. When I come to camp I should be ready to go and fit right in. Just kind of get my legs underneath me and go from there.
The 31-year olds deal with the Boston Red Sox was a one-year, $750,000 contract with added incentives that totaled upwards of $6 million.
With Sizemore off the board, it doesn't seem like Jocketty and the rest of the front office will make any major moves before pitchers and catchers report on February 14.
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