Is it fair? I don't think so. Grady doesn't think so. According to reports, Sizemore "didn't take it very well" when manager John Farrell gave him the news.
The Red Sox offense ranks in the bottom half of the American League in runs scored and batting average. Sizemore is being used as the scapegoat for their offensive woes. He never should have been asked to be a starting outfielder right from Opening Day. Many didn't even expect Sizemore to be ready for Opening Day.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was supposed to be the starting center fielder. Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava were expected to platoon in left field. Shane Victorino was expected to play every day in right field.
Instead, Sizemore played 52 out of the Red Sox 70 games. It was painfully obvious he wasn't ready for such a workload. He hit only .216 for the season. In June, he only hit .133 in 30 at-bats.
But Sizemore is not alone. David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts are both hitting .182 this month. JBJ continues to struggle, hitting only .195 in June. Dustin Pedroia is only hitting .218 this month. You get the idea.
Brock Holt has been the Red Sox hottest hitter this year. A lifelong middle infielder, Holt has been playing outfield the last few weeks. He has been acceptable, defensively, and he has continued hitting. That has resulted in Holt being a permanent (for now... is that oxymoronish?) fixture in the leadoff spot in the lineup.
Daniel Nava has also seemed to finally find his batting eye after getting recalled from Pawtucket. Add to the mix that Shane Victorino is nearing a return from a hamstring injury, and you see where Sizemore is the odd man out.
Oh, one more thing. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Sizemore was twenty plate appearances away from a $250,000 bonus, and also twelve days on the active roster away from an additional $250,000 bonus. Am I calling the Red Sox cheap? Do you want to buy a brick?
Sizemore will latch on somewhere else. Maybe he'll return to Cleveland where he saw his best days. Maybe Sizemore will land with the Mets. Sizemore will never be the same superstar player he once was, but he can still help some team. It just won't be here in Boston.