Welcome to a brand new spring training series on Yanks Go Yard; Getting To Know Your Spring Training Invitee. In this series, we will give you a closer look at the non-roster invitees this Spring Training. Non-roster invitee’s consist of prospects who aren’t quite yet on the 40-man roster or veteran players looking to make a squad who got a minor-league deal. We begin with someone who could very well find a roster spot come opening day in Scott Sizemore.
Position: Second and Third Base
How Acquired: Sizemore signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. He can opt out if he isn’t on the major league roster on either May 1 or August 1.
MLB Experience: Sizemore has played for Oakland and Detroit. He has played in just two games over the past two seasons due to injury. He played in 110 games in 2011 for Detroit and Oakland, where he put up a .245/.342/.399 line with 11 homers and 56 RBI.
2013 stats: He went 1-6 for Oakland in just two games last season.
2014 Outlook: Sizemore has a chance to make the team. The Yankees have Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts at second and third respectively. Roberts has a HUGE injury history, and the Yankees view Johnson more as part of a platoon, whether it’s at second or third. To me, the last backup infield spot comes down to Sizemore and Eduardo Nunez. If Nunez struggles defensively, or if there’s an injury, Sizemore could find himself in Houston opening night.