Grady Sizemore And The Yankees

It’s been a while since Grady Sizemore‘s name was relevant in baseball. Back in those days, he was one of the brightest young outfielders in the game. By 25 years old, Sizemore accumulated three All Star appearances, two gold gloves, and one silver slugger. He could field, he could hit, he could take walks, and he could steal bases. This is the Sizemore that we remember.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

I’ve heard numerous fans calling for the Yankees to sign Sizemore off the scrap heap. Amongst these fans, there’s an idea that after three years of baseball damnation, the outfielder could be ready to finally return to his former self. To be fair, he’s only 30 years old, and he was still receiving major league offers as of 2012. Maybe he could be that diamond in the rough the Yankees are searching for.

At the beginning of 2009, Sizemore injured his left groin and left elbow in Spring Training. Throughout that season, Sizemore regressed to a .248/.343/.445 triple slash, and by the time the Indians were knocked out of a potential playoffs spot, he decided to end his season early.… Click here to read the rest

Outfield Notes: Jones and Sizemore

Via MLBTR we stumble across this tweet by Marc Carig:

Boras says Andruw Jones, as expected, has undergone a knee procedure. Has spoken with the Yankees about a return. Was a good fit.

That about sums it up. An Andruw Jones/New York Yankees reunion would make all the sense in the world. The Yankees always need a lefty-mashing extra bat and Jones fits that to a t. He crushes southpaws and won’t embarrass himself in the field. Usually with deals like this, I’m tempted to say that it’s better to let the player go a year early than a year late, but Jones’s role was just limited enough that the risk isn’t huge.

There was another OF note coming from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN via MLBTR.The Yankees are, according to Crasnick, one of eight teams interested in Grady Sizemore. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, I don’t want that. At all. Despite all the talent, Sizemore just has no spot on the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Midnight Tweets (updates on Chuck Greenberg, Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore)

(Hey, all you people that tryin’ to sleep, I’m out to make it with my Midnight Tweets)

SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman
Chuck greenberg is out as texas rangers managing partner after 7 mnths. Jeff wilson, ft. worth star-telegram, 1st suggested 
chuck greenberg managed to upset a lot of people as managing partner but undoing came after he upset nolan ryan (sources)

Deadspin The Yankees Were Last On Cliff Lee’s Wish List deadspin.com

BloggingBombers Ivan Nova, on whether the wind was blowing out on Jose Bautista’s homer: “If I strike him out, the wind doesn’t matter.”

NYPost_Kernan #Yankees Phil Hughes: “cutter was awful, changeup was good” Got 6 of his 12 outs on changeups.

YankeesWFAN Granderson 0 HR in 49 ABs last spring, 3 HR first 22 AB this spring.

Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
Cashman says he’s contacted Yanks scouts/contacts in Japan. They’re ok. But major concern for Igawa now. Igawa is from Oarai which was submerged in the tsunami.
Buster_ESPN Grady Sizemore ran at full speed on Thursday, cutting, stopping and starting; it’s the best day he’s had so far.
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Players to Watch, AL Central

With the start of the regular season less than one week away, I’m starting to wrap up my series on players to watch outside of Yankee-land. Today, we’ll swing into the NL Central:

At Target Field, it’s time to put up or shut up for Delmon Young. After lot’s of minor league hype and a respectable showing in 131 ABs in ’06 (.343 wOBA, 4.4 UZR), Young’s fallen off a bit. His wOBAs from ’07-’09 were .315, .324, and .312. This is not what Minnesota expected when they traded Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to the (Devil) Rays for Young. His batting averages have been good–.288, .290, .284–but his awful walk rates–3.8, 5.6, 2.9–and anemic bat–IsoPs of .119, .114, and .142–has held him back. If Young doesn’t get some patience and power (and improve on the field…back to back UZR marks of -16.8), he’ll be considered a big time bust.

For the Tigers, we’ll all have to keep an eye on a familiar face: Austin Jackson.… Click here to read the rest

Should The Yankees Pursue Grady Sizemore?

From Jim Ingraham:

This much we know for sure: Sizemore has signed his last contract with the Indians. There is no reason to believe when Sizemore becomes a free agent after the 2012 season he won’t leave whatever team he is with and sign a monstrous contract with one of the big-market teams.

The Yankees, who will need a new center fielder by then, are one team that comes to mind.

The only question regarding the Sizemore era in Cleveland is how much longer it will last.

With the Indians looking primed to be a losing club for the duration of Sizemore’s contract, it might make sense for the Yankees to attempt and blow them away with a deal now. Sizemore struggled with ineffectiveness and injury in 2009, but is one of the league’s best and most unique talents when healthy, and is likely the best all around CF’er in the sport. While the cost would be hefty, it would allow the Yankees to stay away from handing out contracts to players such as Matt Holliday and Jason Bay.… Click here to read the rest