The Phillies have designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment to make room for Cody Asche to return from Triple-A, according to a team announcement. Philadelphia will now have ten days to trade, waive or release Sizemore.
Sizemore, 32, was serviceable in 39 games for the Phillies this season, hitting .245/.288/.296 with six RBI. He is likely to draw interest from other clubs who are looking for outfield depth, and may come up in Philadelphia's ongoing trade discussions with the Angels. The Halos have had interest in Ben Revere for weeks due to Revere's expected availability due to the Phillies' outfield logjam, but the move to get rid of Sizemore clears one spot in the team's outfield and makes Sizemore the most highly-available trade candidate for the Phillies.
Sizemore may also make sense for the Nationals, who lost Jayson Werth for a couple months due to a wrist injury and could look to add external options. Washington may also stay internal in left field, with Clint Robinson and Michael A. Taylor among the club's options.
In ten major-league seasons with the Indians (2004-2011), Red Sox (2014) and Phillies (2014-2015), Sizemore is a three-time All-Star who has hit .265/.351/.458 with 144 home runs in a career severely impacted by multiple injuries.