Why The Angels Should Target Grady Sizemore

By Jason Evans

Recently, Grady Sizemore‘s name has popped up in rumors with the New York Mets thinking about signing him. What about the Angels giving him a minor league or an incentive laden contract? Here’s why it could make some sense.

Sep 5, 2011; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore (24) warms up before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. The Indians activated Sizemore before the game after a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

First of all, the Angels are very right handed. Josh Hamilton is the only left-handed hitter while Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar switch-hit. That’s it. Sizemore could be an interesting fourth outfielder on the team and gives them some extra outfield depth.Reports are that he won’t be able to play til mid-season but that’s okay.If for some reason, Peter Bourjos falters in center, or gets hurt, it can give the club extra insurance. Sizemore probably can’t play center anymore, but that’s okay, because Mike Trout can move over to center while Sizemore plays left if needed.

Hamilton will probably miss time at some point during the season, and if Vernon Wells is traded, they will need an extra outfielder. They may be able to get by with Kole Calhoun as that guy, however, he should have more time to develop in the minors rather than be a backup in the majors.

Yes, Sizemore hasn’t been healthy in years, but the point is he can be a backup after rehabbing in the minors. Sizemore coming off knee surgery is still a better defender than Mark Trumbo.

It could be an interesting depth move for the team, and something they could use down the stretch. Plus if he plays well, he could be an interesting trade chip down the line if they have a need somewhere else.