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The move may mark the end of Sizemore’s major league career, as the 31-year old attempted to revitalize his once great career with the Red Sox after years of being derailed by injuries. He was batting just .216 in 52 games with Boston this year despite a promising start to the season, which included a home run on Opening Day.
Cecchini is considered by many to be the future at third base for the Red Sox, and his addition acknowledges Brock Holt‘s comfort in the outfield after being shifted around numerous times this season. Holt is leading off and playing center field tonight for Boston, which completes his remarkably unpredictable journey to replacing Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Red Sox will have another roster move ahead of them when they begin a West coast road trip this weekend, as right fielder Shane Victorino is also expected to rejoin the team, so Cecchini’s stay could be brief, but it will give fans and the team another opportunity to see what the 23-year old can do at the big league level.
Sizemore could remain in the Red Sox organization if he clears waivers, but his status amongst other teams is difficult to measure. The timing of the DFA makes sense, as the team would have owed Sizemore significant contractual incentives based upon plate appearances and days spent on the big league roster in the coming weeks.