Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:17:42 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore is making his first ever start in left field Thursday, April 10, with OF Jackie Bradley Jr. getting the nod in center. Manager John Farrell isn't committing this arraignment permanently, since the team likes to get OF Jonny Gomes some playing time in left field. How well Bradley continues to play might determine how often Farrell deploys this alignment. Bradley has a slash line of .400/.478/.978 this year and is 6-for-12 with two doubles, four runs, four RBIs and three walks in the last four games. Sizemore has had some defensive lapses lately. If the Red Sox continue to start Sizemore and Bradley when OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns, it could mean a loss of playing time for Gomes and OF Daniel Nava, who has had a slow start to the season.
Fantasy Tip: Bradley should be owned in all leagues now that he's gotten his opportunity this year and is running with it. Sizemore's defensive shortcomings in center will help Bradley's cause.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:05:59 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. has begun to alter the plans for the team's outfield. OF Grady Sizemore has hit well, but his defense has been suspect due to some late breaks. Bradley is hitting .400 and is 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The team may have to install an outfield rotation when OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:06:08 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. is back in the lineup against a left-hander Tuesday, April 8, after he had three hits Monday, April 7. He's in a pretty good place offensively from a confidence standpoint," manager John Farrell said. "It was an opportunity to give (Nava) a night off his feet as well."
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:37:16 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. OF Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Fantasy Tip: Put Victorino on your DL. Bradley has immediate AL-only value with the potential for mixed-league relevance depending on playing time.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:06:42 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) tweaked his right hamstring Saturday, March 29, and is headed for an MRI.
He's in serious jeopardy of missing the first couple of weeks of the season.
Fantasy Tip: The team could elect to start Jonny Gomes in right or use a combination of him and Jackie Bradley Jr. Both are AL-only relevant, but probably not in mixed leagues.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:28:27 -0700
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday, March 28, that OF Grady Sizemore will open the season as the team's starting center fielder after he passed all the physical tests that the team gave him this spring. Sizemore hit .333 with a home run in camp. OF Jackie Bradley Jr. will start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket after hitting .158 with a team-high 17 strikeouts this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Sizemore's comeback story has been one of the best feel-good stories of spring training. Knee and other injuries derailed a once promising career, but he's back, and he has a starting gig. Whether his body can hold up over the course of the season is another question, but for now, he should be owned in all leagues, at least as outfield depth.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:34:41 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore hit a monster home run in the game Tuesday, March 25, and he may be just a few days away from claiming the starting center field job from OF Jackie Bradley Jr. Manager John Farrell is looking to see if Sizemore comes out of his next few games completely healthy. Sizemore is 10-for-33 in 10 spring games. Bradley went 0-for-4 Tuesday and is 9-for-52 (.173) in 17 spring games with 16 strikeouts.
Fantasy Tip: It's looking increasingly likely that Sizemore wins this job, meaning Bradley would start in the minors. If Sizemore is still available in your mixed league, he's worth a shot.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:15:39 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. has become the underdog in the competition for the starting center field duties with OF Grady Sizemore having a very nice spring. Bradley still has minor league options and is 8-for-40 (.200) with four doubles and a triple in 13 spring games. "He's a smart guy. He knows exactly the situation he's in," manager John Farrell said. "He's asked about it daily and he's not afraid of who he is as a player. He's not trying to be Jacoby Ellsbury or anybody else. He's Jackie Bradley trying to be the best he can. He's going about it the absolute right way."
Fantasy Tip: Farrell has yet to announce who the leader in the competition is, but as long as Sizemore passes his physical test by playing in three straight games this weekend, it would seem to be his job to lose. Don't reach for Bradley in drafts. It wouldn't be a bad idea to put Sizemore on your radar in deep mixed leagues as a flier.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:06:29 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore had a great day at the plate Monday, March 17, and he also made two spectacular catches, including one in which he banged into the outfield wall. Manager John Farrell has been impressed with Sizemore in camp, saying that he's passed every physical test that the team has given him. Sizemore said he feels great.
Fantasy Tip: Things are looking good for a bounce-back for Sizemore, but you have to remember, it's still only spring training. Jackie Bradley Jr. is expected to start in center field because of his upside. Sizemore will likely open as the fourth outfielder, but things could change depending on performance.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:33:37 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore went 0-for-2 with a pair of ground-outs Tuesday, March 11, but made strides overall by playing in consecutive games for the first time this spring. Manager John Farrell has been impressed with Sizemore's timing, given his long absence from the majors.
Fantasy Tip: Sizemore is battling Jackie Bradley Jr. for duties in center field. If he can recapture at least a part of his peak, the 31-year-old will deliver value in AL-only, and some deep mixed, lineups with deep outfield requirements. Of course, it's hard to trust him to contribute over the course of a full season, which justifies a tempered dice roll on Bradley even if Sizemore earns the starting job.