The Yankees have called to check in on the free agent and often injured outfielder Grady Sizemore about a backup outfielder job, according to Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News. However, Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, told them that he isn’t looking to sign a deal just now and instead will wait until he is ready to return sometime around the All-Star break.
Sizemore, 30, has had a long list of injuries, but the latest one is microfracture surgery on his knee. He last played in 2011 and hit .224/.285/.422 in 71 games with the Indians. His last full season was way back in 2008 when he hit .268/.374/.502 in 157 games. Back then he was actually a healthy player and was finishing up a string of four consecutive seasons with at least 157 games played.
Now a days we really don’t know what to expect from Sizemore. He’ll be almost 31 by the time he’s ready to play again, almost six years removed from his last productive season. Still, it makes sense that Yankees GM Brian Cashman would check in on him as he has potential to be a low-cost, but valuable piece if he could actually stay on the field. Depending on what the Yankees situation looks like around the All-Star break, I could see them calling him back later on.
At one point in his career, Sizemore was one of the most promising young outfielders in the game. He hit .281/.372/.496 from his age 22 season to his age 25 season. Injuries have derailed that to the point where he has become an afterthought these days.