In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to BMav's comment:
One of the problems with a player that hasn't been playing for basically 5 years is you forget who they are. I just figured out Sizemore has a noodle arm in the Ellsbury-Crawford-Damon mold. So my thought he could play RF is probably out the window.
This also might signal that they don't really like the idea of Victorino backing up CF, sure he can play a few games there....but they probably hope for Sizemore to be able to play somewhere between 30-40 games there and/or possibly get some playing time in LF as well. If Nava goes down and sizemore can stay healthy he might be a better option to platoon with Gomes in LF. Also if Carp is gone, Nava becomes the backup 1bman presumably which could give Sizemore more time in LF as well.
....of course, he still has to make the team out of spring training.
I haven't looked for the details of the contract yet, Hugh, but I would be shocked if he doesn't have an opt out clause (May 1st?). He's not here to be a 5th outfielder or bounce around the outfield. If he doesn't win the starting centerfielder position, he'll be gone. A guy at his age, with his talent, is going to look for an opportunity to play every day somewhere in attempt to resurrect his career.
It's not like he lost a season or two and is trying to rebuild value. He hasn't played the last 2 seasons and hasn't had over 500 at bats in over 6 years. He's just trying to get back into the game, and he doesn't have a minor league deal he has a MLB deal so he will be on the roster if he makes the team.
He is here to be a 4th outfielder, and if he can stay healthy then perhaps he gets a starting job next year.