The Philadelphia Phillies need outfield depth. I won’t argue with that, but I’m not so sure that Grady Sizemore is going to be the answer to the problem. Sizemore will turn 32 in August and has been dealing with significant knee issues since the 2009 season that have only allowed him to play 156 major league games in that span.
In 56 games for the Boston Red Sox this season, the former All Star hit .216/.288/.324 with two home runs and only 15 RBI. By comparison, the Phillies third most productive outfielder – Dominic Brown – has a .218/.272/.324 line with five home runs and 37 RBI.
Sizemore was a three-time All Star with the Cleveland Indians from 2006-2008, but he’s not the same player he was. If the goal for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was to sign another mediocre hitter to the outfield who will help lose as many games as he helps win, then mission accomplished. Hopefully Amaro is adding depth to an outfield that’s going to see pieces traded away as he begins the complex and lengthy job of rebuilding a proud franchise.
In other news, the Phillies recalled relief pitcher B.J. Rosenberg from Class AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs last night. They also placed catcher Wil Nieves on the 15-day disabled list for a strained quad, retroactive to June 19th and activated outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.
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