Reds not getting Sizemore

ESPN 1450 in Bowling Green, Ky., had Reds general manager Walt Jocketty on as a guest today. When asked about it, Jocketty said that the Reds are not going to sign free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore. The team had been talking to Sizemore since last month to be potential center fielder/leadoff insurance behind Billy Hamilton.

According to a source, it appears that Sizemore is going to sign with a different club. That team, at the moment, remains unknown.

More to come when I have it.

UPDATE: According to Rob Bradford of WEEI radio in Boston, Sizemore signed a one year big league contract with the Red Sox. It’s worth $750,000 in base salary but can reach $6 million with incentives.

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Oh great…….we’re standing pat again. :)

Thanks Bill! Maybe not to bad, this old horse couldn’t get out of the barn the least two years. Rather see Scott Rolen come back!

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The upcoming REDS year does not look promising when Grady Sizemore “IS NEWS”….. MARK: how about a review in a post of all of the Cardinal signings to better their ball club, including recent stats…not stats from 3, 4 , or 5 years ago….

Walter:
Scott Rolen on the bench as a coach would be a great idea….

Maybe Walt will wake up come Spring Training. He should have joined Dusty in the unemployment line.

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Grady Sizemore, a three-time All-Star whose career began to unravel in 2009 through a seemingly endless string of injuries, has reached agreement on a major league contract with the Boston Red Sox, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

Sizemore will earn a base salary of $750,000, but has a chance to make a total of $6 million if he reaches specified performance bonuses, the source said.

Sizemore, 31, is a career .269 hitter with 139 home runs in parts of eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians. His best season came in 2008, when he hit 33 homers, stole 38 bases and finished 10 in American League MVP balloting.

But Sizemore has appeared in only 104 games since 2009 because of assorted injuries. He sat out the 2012 season with back and knee problems, and missed the entire 2013 season because of microfracture knee surgery. The Cincinnati Reds were among several other clubs to express an interest in Sizemore, who has been working out this winter in Arizona with an eye on making a comeback.

Odds to Win 2014 NL Pennant…updated January 20th…
Los Angeles Dodgers 12/5
Washington Nationals 9/2
St. Louis Cardinals 9/2
Cincinnati Reds 7/1
Atlanta Braves 7/1
San Francisco Giants 8/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 12/1
Philadelphia Phillies 15/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 20/1
Chicago Cubs 30/1
Milwaukee Brewers 35/1
San Diego Padres 35/1
Colorado Rockies 35/1
New York Mets 40/1
Miami Marlins 40/1

This team reminds me somewhat of the 2012 team. Billy Hamilton for Drew stubs in center. Just no Scott Roland AND STILL NO LEADER ! Lord have mercy!

JIM: AND still not enough hits or RBI’s….i.e. sufficient offense

I guess the story about Sizemore is the most depressing thus far. He was actually in line to sign but instead shunned the team. As Jocketty, as well as others have reported, he decided ‘no’ in the 11th & 3/4 hour. Since we are in resurrection/rehab mode for anyone moving forward, Sizemore could have been a goodie. Without any further changes in the “power RBI” slot, we can kiss off making the World Series, imo.
Pitching and exceptional fielding will get us to the playoffs; getting further than that takes some hitting; that formula is something the Reds are all, too familiar with the last 3-4 years.

With all I said above, I understand that Jocketty is basically ‘handcuffed’ by salary restraints; and god bless Castellini for increasing the salary nearly $20m over the last couple of years. It’s easy for us dedicated Reds’ fans to get caught between frustration and no realizing the Reds can’t buy whatever player they want.

We are just not a top line money-making team like the power teams, but we are also doing very well and should all keep that in mind.

GL to all us die-hard Cincy fans!?*

MLBTraderumors
Reds, Sam LeCure Agree To Two-Year Deal
By Steve Adams [January 24 at 9:59am CST]
JAN. 24: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (via Twitter) that LeCure will earn $1.2MM in 2014 and $1.85MM in 2015. However, LeCure will have the opportunity to boost his 2015 base salary to $2MM, as he’ll earn a $50K boost to his 2015 salary for appearing in 60, 65 and 70 games in 2014.

It is MLB’s problem. With the Dodgers and Yankees spending money like it grows on trees and markets like Cincinnati’s , the gap continues to get bigger and bigger. It’s a sad situation and until there is a salary cap and revenue sharing , this is what we are going to get. Maybe if MLB hires a REAL commissioner with some —— , we might see some change. Hope , Hope …………

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