Report: Reds rule out signing Sizemore
The Reds figure to look continually for ways to improve their 2014 roster, but general manager Walt Jocketty said Wednesday a particular former Indian will not be part of the club.
Walt Jocketty was just asked about signing Grady Sizemore: "Not gonna happen… Things have changed."
— RedlegsRadioReport (@RedlegsRadioRep) January 22, 2014
RedLegsRadioReport is a Twitter handle for Reds on Radio affiliate SOKY in Bowling Green, Ky.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday the Reds were in "advanced talks" with Sizemore but indicated a deal was not a sure thing.
With 2012 center fielder Shin-Soo Choo having signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers and questions about whether or not top prospect Billy Hamilton is ready for a full-time gig in the majors, Sizemore could have bolstered the Reds’ attempts to return to the top of the National League Central Division.
Sizemore was a three-time All-Star for the Indians from 2006-08, but he has only played 200 games since then — including none in the past two seasons — because of a pair of knee injuries.
Set to turn 32 late this summer, Sizemore was part of the same trade that sent Brandon Phillips (among others) to the Indians from the Montreal Expos in June 2002.
He carries a lifetime batting average of .269 with 139 home runs, 458 RBIs and 134 stolen bases. All 892 of his career major league games have come in an Indians uniform.