MLB Free Agents 2012: Does Grady Sizemore Fit with Boston Red Sox?

Dan Tylicki@DanTylickiAnalyst INovember 8, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 16: Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians dives for a ball in center field against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning on September 16, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 7-6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, I took part in a poll of MLB Featured Columnists to see where we think the top free agents will land. In the case of Grady Sizemore, I figured he would go to a high-revenue team that can afford the high risk that comes with his history of injuries.

While I felt that he would end up going to the Yankees as a fourth outfielder, taking over for Andruw Jones, the majority felt that he would be an ideal fit for the Red Sox for essentially the same reasons I noted above.

Does this make sense? The answer to that is both yes and no. If we assume Sizemore stays healthy, then he can platoon in right field alongside Darnell Mcdonald, ideally playing most days, with Josh Reddick maintaining his fourth outfielder status.

This poses a problem in and of itself; Sizemore is a natural center fielder, and while he has said that he's fine playing a corner outfield spot, he had never done so at the major league level. It will take some adjusting.

Of course, you have to factor in the problems that come with injuries. The Red Sox have had more than enough injury problems the past few years, and it's hard for me to imagine that they want to add another one.

Let's assume that Sizemore stays healthy, he can play right field without a problem and that the Red Sox can get him for under $9 million.

If that's the case, then it's a solid pickup. If Sizemore can come close to Jacoby Ellsbury's performance this past season (which he has done in the past), then it's exactly what the Red Sox would be hoping for, and it would make the lineup even more powerful.

Having said that, that is not only a huge if, but it does not address the Red Sox's needs, which are in the rotation. That comes first, and if they have extra money to take a risk after solidifying that, then maybe they could take a gamble.

Since the Red Sox are a big-money team, they can take a big risk like Sizemore. That doesn't mean they should given their history. Yes, Sizemore may fill in that rather small hole, but he could just as easily make that hole bigger, and if the Red Sox want to win now, distractions like another Sizemore injury are the last thing they need.