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Bring Back Jacoby Ellsbury

By on 6.18.14 | 3:22PM

Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment. The three time AL All-Star had not played in the majors since 2011 when he was given a shot by Boston in the off-season. Sizemore made the roster after an impressive spring training, but only hit .216 in 52 games with the Red Sox this season.
It is possible that Sizemore could accept a minor league assignment in Pawtucket, but I suspect that he would prefer to be released outright and try his luck with another team. Sizemore won't return to his glory days in Cleveland, but he could be of help to a team in need of an extra outfielder. Who knows? Maybe Sizemore will end up back in Cleveland.
I hate to say it, but the Red Sox sorely miss Jacoby Ellsbury and neither Sizemore nor Jackie Bradley, Jr. (who is hitting .205 in 65 games this season) have been able to fill the void. Bradley is only 24 and hasn't played a full season. However, given that the Red Sox have converted minor league prospect Mookie Betts from second base to center field indicates they might not have much patience with Bradley. 
In the meantime watch Brock Holt make this spectacular catch last night against the Twins after Jonny Gomes lost the ball in the lights. It was Holt's first big league appearance in centerfield. 
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