USATSI_8571985_154511044_lowresThe Rays announced today that they have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract.

The 3-time All-Star was released by the Phillies on June 1. In 39 games, Sizemore hit .245 with a .288 OBP (.262 wOBA) and no home runs.

The Rays have been linked as a possible landing spot for Sizemore for a few years now as being a team that loves a cheap reclamation projection. However, before we start salivating at the potential there are some big reasons to be skeptical that Sizemore will ever be productive for the Rays.

The biggest reason is that he has been terrible for several years now, hitting .228 with a .289 OBP in his last six seasons. This is not a guy who just started trending down in the last year or two.

But more importantly, Sizemore has only played more than a half-season once during that stretch, missing the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons. The missed time has been due to a series of knee and back injuries, a huge red flag for a team that plays on artificial turf.

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  1. zenny says:

    Dunno where he'd play anyway, since the OF is pretty much the only fully stocked and healthy area on the team. Still, worth a shot to kick the tires, I guess.

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  2. JMN says:

    An average .228 hitter who is injury prone....he'll fit right in!

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  3. edward williams says:

    don't worry as soon as Shelton gets ahold of him he will be an all-star again. lol

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      I'm never one to defend Shelton but Sizemore was actually an all star 3 out of 5 years in which Shelton was his hitting coach in Cleveland.

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