Grady Sizemore hasn’t played in a Major League Baseball game since 2011. That could change this season, as Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that the club is in discussions with the 31-year-old outfielder.
Sizemore hasn’t played since 2011 because of knee and back surgeries, but the former Cleveland Indians outfielder represents an intriguing free-agent option. Sizemore was named an American League All-Star each season from 2006 to 2008 and won Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2008.
“We’ve been talking,” Jocketty said. “Some details have to be worked out. We hope to get something done next week. We’re getting close to spring training.”
Jocketty said the Reds have discussed both minor league and major league deals with Sizemore, who certainly is a wild card this season because of his injury history. Sizemore, who turns 32 in August, might not be the five-tool superstar he once was in Cleveland, but signing the veteran potentially is a low-risk, high-reward transaction for a club looking to add outfield depth.
Sizemore, a career .269 hitter with a .357 on-base percentage, was limited to 71 games in 2011, 33 in 2010 and 106 in 2009. His last full season came in 2008, when Sizemore hit .268 with 33 homers, 90 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Reds were in “advanced talks” with Sizemore. Rosenthal noted that other teams are involved, though, so it’s still possible that the three-time All-Star could go in a different direction.