Boston Red Sox rumors about whether Grady Sizemore or Jackie Bradley Jr. will play center field have inundated fans of the team. These Red Sox rumors about Sizemore seemed far-fetched at the beginning of the MLB offseason, but suddenly he could be back in the starting lineup for a team. According to a report from The Boston Globe on Wednesday (March 26), the drama is even more intriguing because both players cannot make the current 25-man roster. It's an embarrassment of riches to a certain extent, as many organizations would like to have either guy.
At the moment, it seems like Sizemore has the edge, especially after he just hit a monster 430-foot home run on Tuesday (March 25). He has made several spectacular catches in the outfield and Cleveland Indians fans have to be moaning about what could have been with their former All-Star outfielder. After missing the last two seasons due to injury, it was unclear whether he had anything left in the tank. Now it's obvious that he does and the next few days will be the most important of his Spring Training.
Manager John Farrell addressed the Boston Red Sox rumors of whether it will be Grady Sizemore or Jackie Bradley Jr. getting that final roster spot. After revealing that Sizemore will start on Wednesday and Thursday (March 27), he stated, "We’re looking at these next three days as a physical test. Can’t say that we’re looking at quality at-bats or on-base [percentage] in those three games. The one thing that we can get some feedback on is, ‘Does he come out of three consecutive days in good shape physically?'"
The bottom line is that if Sizemore can prove that he is an everyday player again, the job is going to be his and Bradley will be sent back down to Triple-A for some more seasoning. The alternative would lead to Bradley getting the starting nod in center field and the team getting faced with waiving Sizemore and hoping that he would accept an assignment to their Triple-A affiliate. It seems unlikely that the veteran would want to do that, though, so it weighs into the decision about whether the Red Sox should go with him or Bradley.
Through 10 games and 33 at-bats during Spring Training, Grady Sizemore has a .303 batting average to his credit. It is far better than the .173 batting average that Jackie Bradley Jr. has posted through 52 games. Bradley also has no home runs and 16 strikeouts. This is why the Boston Red Sox rumors indicate that the team is more likely to side with Sizemore if he can prove that he has the stamina for a grueling Major League Baseball season.