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  1. Agreed. The Red Sox are set offensively. They just need to not choke in a legendary fashion.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — November 7, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

  2. Agreed. Can’t imagine the Sox would even attempt that route anyway though. They need more RHHs, not another injury prone LHH outfielder. If they make a run at anyone to fill that space full time it’ll be Beltran or Cuddyer. More realistically I see them getting a strictly RH platoon guy and letting Reddick start the year out there.

    Comment by Caveman Jones — November 7, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

  3. Is looking at a sample size of less than a season’s worth of games spread out over two injury plagued years, and trying to conclude that a player doesn’t have anything left really all that productive?

    Comment by KyleL — November 7, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  4. Am I crazy for thinking they should sign Willingham for left and slide Crawford over to right? Crawford doesn’t have a great arm by any means, but I think Willingham’s right handed bat would improve the lineup significantly enough to take the defensive hit.

    Comment by Sean — November 7, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  5. The fact that it’s a season’s worth of games spread out over two injury plagued years ITSELF leads to the conclusion that he doesn’t have anything left.

    I would have preferred myself that the author emphasized the injury history as an argument more than his performance in the limited sample when he’s been on the field, but he covered both.

    Comment by Ari Collins — November 7, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  6. It leads to the conclusion that he gets injured a lot, not to the conclusion that he isn’t talented anymore.

    Comment by KyleL — November 7, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  7. You’re a little crazy, yeah. But… only a little?

    Comment by Ari Collins — November 7, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  8. Sizemore would be a pretty good fit in RF at Petco Park. Perhaps he’s willing to weather the risk, take a one year deal, and then bail for a significantly more lucrative contract after showing he’s got something left in the tank.

    Comment by Marver — November 7, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

  9. Yeah Ari. People were saying that about me too. Now I got a ring and had a pretty damn good season at the dish.

    Comment by Lance Berkman — November 7, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

  10. Crawford should absolutely be moved to right as they would make much better use of his athleticism. I know, I know his arm is not Clemente-esque but Fenway is such a different park. Right field is huuuge. Any first to third fiascos would be mitigated by his athleticism roaming around in right. Plus having a strong armed leftfielder can turn wall ball doubles in to singles at the FENS.

    Comment by Shane Heathers — November 7, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  11. True. But his argument was that Sizemore has little left, not that he’s not, if healthy, talented.

    Comment by Ari Collins — November 7, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

  12. Not a bad argument!

    Comment by Ari Collins — November 7, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  13. And you posted a higher WAR in your down season than Sizemore has posted in the last three years. There’s a big difference between “wasn’t a star last year” and, “hasn’t been good since Bush was President.”

    Congrats on the ring, Fake Lance!

    Comment by Ari Collins — November 7, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  14. Alas, it’s a fake ring.

    Comment by joser — November 7, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

  15. I completely agree with the conclusion that the Red Sox shouldn’t sign Grady but I would quibble with this notion that big market teams should avoid players “who offers much more risk than a team with their resources needs to absorb.” If anything big market teams can take larger risks because they have the budgets to cover up those risks if they do fail to pan out. Part of the advantage that one gains by being a big market team is that they can take a flyer on a player without that eating a large portion of their budget.

    Comment by Dr. Strangelove — November 7, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  16. Doc Strange, yes, but even the richest teams only have twenty-five active MLB roster spots, so better to use those scarce spots on the best upside plays, and not on broken-down hopes like Grady Sizematters.

    Comment by DickAlmighty — November 7, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  17. If they insist on a left handed bat, then Kelly Johnson could return to left field.

    Comment by Mike — November 7, 2011 @ 11:40 pm


    Comment by bill — November 8, 2011 @ 8:19 am

  19. Because they might have to include Reddick and/or Kalish in trades for pitching, so they would have to figure something else out for RF that won’t cost a lot, so they have more money to spend on pitching.

    Comment by Judy — November 8, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  20. Why wouldnt the red sox sign sizemore it is a low risk high reward move that only two teams in baseball can make. The only thing it will cost is money and if he sucks and cant recover from the injury just eat it. The red sox and yankees can practicly print all the money they want. This is exactly the move that both teams should be looking for. If he can get over his injuries you have just stolen a all star caliber player because you were willing to give him a chance. if he pans out it could be the missing piece to their championship run. Obviously they do need to add depth to the pitching staff and by spending a little money on sizemore will not change the fact that they still go after any pitcher they want. Just cause you were burned with drew doesnt have any correlation sizemore. There is no risk

    Comment by Mast — November 8, 2011 @ 9:16 am

  21. I must agree with Ari. I am the only true Lance.

    Comment by Lance Armstrong — November 8, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  22. I think the signing would be a huge thumbs down to kalish and especially Reddick.

    Even if you buy the premise that Grady and can still play he could never hit lefties anyway (career 227/318/378).

    as stated above targeting an outfielder that crushed lefties and plays both corner outfield spots .

    Comment by jesse — November 8, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  23. we need the new cuban , and mattingly to manage

    Comment by ryan — November 8, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

  24. I love Grady when he was here in Cleveland much as most of the Indians fans. I havent saw anyone play as hard for the love of the game here since Kenny Lofton. Grady sacrificed his body trying to get this team to the playoffs and more. He wanted it that bad. If you can make room for him do so IMO. He will get healthy again. He needs to adjust his balls out attitude and maybe become more of a rotation player. Good luck Grady and hope you find a home somewhere.

    Comment by Dave — January 4, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

  25. Awesome.

    Comment by ed — January 22, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

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