It has been just over two weeks since the Phillies signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor-league contract. But his time with the Phillies organization could soon be coming to a close. Sizemore's contract allows him to opt out of his deal over the All-Star break if he so chooses.
The issue facing the Phillies at the moment is where to slot the 31-year-old if he were to get called up to the big club. Right now that is not clear, it's murky at best. The Phillies already have two mediocre outfielders starting for them and their third, Marlon Byrd, is one of the few players actually providing offense.
In short, Sizemore offers more of the same for the Phillies.
But there is a solution if the Phillies really have a desire to retain Sizemore in the organization: trade Byrd and put Sizemore in right field. We talked about the merits of trading Byrd over the weekend and the story still rings true. Byrd holds value to contending teams and no team needs a right-handed hitting outfielder with some pop more than the Seattle Mariners. It's a perfect fit for the Phillies to capitalize on Byrd's surprisingly high value.
Expecting Sizemore to fill in where Byrd left off is not realistic but there are worse options than Sizemore in right. In eight games with the Iron Pigs, he is batting .270/.341/.351 with one home run and four runs scored. He's playing alright baseball. Not great but I've seen worse. Trading Byrd makes sense for the future of the organization and Sizemore would be a decent stopgap for Philadelphia.
Sizemore, 31, has missed significant time over the last two seasons including the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons due to injuries and subsequent surgeries. He attempted a comeback with the Boston Red Sox this season batting .216/.288/.324 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 52 games before being designated for assignment.
Sizemore was elected to the All Star Game three times from 2006-2008 with the Cleveland Indians with his best season coming in 2008 when he batted .268/.374/.502 with 33 home runs and 90 RBIs.
All of this is, of course, moot if the Phillies don't think Sizemore can play in the big leagues anymore or if they don't want Sizemore in the organization any longer.
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