Would Have Been Interesting To See A Grady Sizemore Comeback With Mets

The Red Sox did something yesterday I wish the New York Mets had done, and something I suggested before. I realize I’m in the minority on this, but I wish they signed Grady Sizemore.

SIZEMORE: Would have been fun gamble.

SIZEMORE: Would have been fun gamble.

You read that correctly. For the bargain-basement price of $750,000 – with incentive clauses on games played and plate appearances that could reach $5 million – the Red Sox took a gamble on a former All-Star.

From 2005-2008, Sizemore averaged 27 homers and 81 RBI with the Indians and was on the cusp for becoming one of the game’s best players before his career hit an injury-plagued tailspin. Then, from 2009 on, he’s had six operations, including his left (throwing elbow), two hernias, two knee operations – one on each side – and his lower back.

He missed all of last season rehabbing his right knee and back.

That’s a lot of cutting and the odds are long on him returning to star status. If he doesn’t, the Red Sox would only be out $750,000, which in today’s baseball economy is chump change – even by Mets’ standards.

It would have been a low-risk, high-reward gamble for the Mets. Conversely, they’ll give Chris Young $7.25 million, which I still can’t get over.

The probability of Sizemore reaching the 27-81 plateaus is long, but the Mets would take – and be happy with – a lot less for fewer than a million. Plus, his reputation of a hard worker and gamer would be good examples for a young team, and you don’t think Juan Lagares can’t learn a thing or two about playing centerfield from Sizemore?

I always liked Sizemore and hate to see a promising career go down as his has done. But, I also like comeback stories and Sizemore would have been a good one. Again, I know I am in the minority on this, but I’m allowed to cheer for good stories and it would have been fun to see it happen at Citi Field.

ON DECK: Mets sign Duda. All arbitration players locked up.

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11 thoughts on “Would Have Been Interesting To See A Grady Sizemore Comeback With Mets

  1. Everyone knocks the C Young signing. 15 homers, 15 stolen bases and opinions will change. When Sandy let’s him walk next off season everyone will be crying.

  2. I would have liked to see this, as well. I really do not understand why the Mets are not more aggressive about offering contracts to some of these guys. Another I would like to see them make an offer to is Michael Young. He might even have some shortstop left in him.

  3. Perhaps the Mets should take a similar chance on Vernon Wells, now that Sizemore is gone.

  4. Hated the CY signing…… flawed player….. just wait for him to hear the boobirds. Was advocating for Sizemore all winter as a low risk with high reward. Watched CY wilt in AZ. Lifetime stats vs RHP. horrid. Swing with holes so big look it up.