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Red Sox designate Grady Sizemore for assignment

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Grady Sizemore wasn't able to stick with the Red Sox.
Grady Sizemore wasn't able to stick with the Red Sox. (USATSI)

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The Red Sox have designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment. This means he'll eventually either be claimed by a different team (doubtful), be released or sent down to the minors.

Sizemore, 31, is hitting .216/.288/.324 (69 OPS+) with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers, 15 RBI, 14 runs and five stolen bases on the season. A lot of that, though, came early on. Sizemore is hitting .187/.263/.267 since April 15.

After losing Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency, the Red Sox attempted to enter the season with a combination of Sizemore and youngster Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. The results have been pretty awful and the club is currently six games below .500.

Sizemore's demise has been rather extraordinary. Through his age-25 season, he was one of the best players in baseball. He'd already been to three All-Star Games and was coming off a season in which he won both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger while finishing 10th in AL MVP voting.

Since then, though, injuries have essentially ruined his career. Sizemore was last a productive player in 2010 -- though not All-Star caliber any longer -- and has appeared in 262 games from 2009 to the present.

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