Tampa Bay Rays sign Grady Sizemore
By Phil Novotny
With outfielder Desmond Jennings on the disabled list, the Tampa Bay Rays made an acquisition. Yesterday, the Rays signed outfielder and three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore to a minor-league deal. Sizemore was previously on the Philadelphia Phillies before he was released on June 1. In Philadelphia, he hit .245 with five doubles in 104 plate appearances. Before that, Sizemore played for the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. Sizemore made All-Star Game appearances from 2006-2008 with the Indians. Sizemore is known for his versatility as he can play all three spots in the outfield.
As of right now, the Rays have four outfielders, which clearly shows their lack of depth. With that said, the Rays outfield has still produced as they have compiled an OPS of .715 or higher. Currently, their starting outfield consists of David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer. In addition, they also have Mikie Mahtook on their 40-man roster even though he only has three hits in 20 at-bats with the Rays this season.
Hopefully, the Rays outfield can all stay healthy until Jennings comes back but Sizemore adds an insurance policy especially with his experience in the big leagues. Sizemore will start in Triple-A Durham where he will have the upper hand to be called up despite the veterans in Durham’s outfield. It will be interesting to see how the Rays handle their outfield as the season progresses.
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