Sizemore had appeared in 112 games during the 2014 seasons, 60 of which were played for the Phils and 42 with the Red Sox. In the games that he had played with the Phils, he would bat .253, going 41 for 162, with a slugging percentage of .389, as he would hit 9 doubles, 2 triples and 3 HRs, knocking in 12 RBIs while scoring 21 times. He would collect 14 walks while striking out 35 times. For both the Red Sox and the Phils, Sizemore would have a combine batting average of .233 with a slugging percentage of .354, as he went 81 for 347, hitting 19 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs, while he would walk 33 times, while striking out 76.
Sizemore will be given a one-year contract worth 2 million dollars, as he is expected to be the team’s fourth or fifth outfielder at the end of Spring Training next year.
The Phils have also announced that they have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year contract.
Raul Ibanez, a left-handed free agent outfielder, has just signed a three-year, $30 Million contract with the Phillies, pending on him passing a physical. His signing, once he has passed the physical, will more than likely mean that the Phillies will no longer be persuing right-handed free agent outfielder Pat Burrell, while adding another potent left-handed bat to their lineup. Ibanez, who had spent the last five years playing for the Seattle Mariners of the American League, ended 2008 with a .293 Batting Average, 23 homers, 110 RBIs, a .358 On-Base Percentage and a .472 Slugging Percentage, would be replacing Pat Burrell’s 30 homers plus bat.
I will say this, I was not expecting Ruben Amaro Junior to actually pull off something like this, especially as he has been saying for the past month or so that pitching was the team’s number one priority, and that he works for a bunch of cheap skate owners. I don’t know, maybe the owners have decided to spend some money after all. If so, I hope this will turn out to be a good move for the team, although they should’ve gone after a rightie, to take some of the pressure off of their other lefties in the lineup, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. I’m going to give this signing the benefit of the doubt, for now. But, if it goes south in ’09, I’m going to be having a hard time not being a Phillies boo bird.
Oh, Ruben, by the way, about the pitching, are you still going after Jamie, or is Derek Lowe the one who is now in your sights? Or, is it both pitchers that you’re after now? Just checking, is all.