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Indians bring back Fausto Carmona, cut loose Grady Sizemore

Oct 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

Fausto Carmona will stay with Cleveland in 2012 after the team exercised his $7 million option, but the Indians made Grady Sizemore a free agent by choosing a $500,000 buyout rather than pay him $8.5 million following another injury wrecked season.

Once upon a time Sizemore was one of the best young players in baseball and the Indians’ biggest long-term building block, but he hasn’t been productive since 2009 and hasn’t been healthy and productive since 2008.

During the past two seasons he’s missed 220 of a possible 324 games while hitting just .220 with a .659 OPS and knee injuries cast some doubt on his ability to be an asset in center field at age 29. I’ll be interesting to see if any teams are willing to risk offering him more than a one-year deal, because had Sizemore been a free agent a few years ago $100 million offers would’ve piled up.

Carmona failed to build on a strong 2010, going 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts, but the Indians aren’t ready to cut ties with the 28-year-old right-hander and he’d likely have had little trouble securing a multi-year deal on the open market.

  1. mykolm - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I’ll always root for the name on the front of the uniform over the name on the back. But so long as Grady doesn’t sign with NYY or another AL Central team, I’ll be rooting for a Comeback Player of the Year award for the guy. Good luck, Mr. Sizemore.

  2. yankeesgameday - Oct 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    You’re right, mykolm.

    He has potential to be lethal if he can stay healthy. He’d be a great pickup as a 4th/platoon outfielder anywhere and I can see the Yanks taking a chance on him over beltran because of the money.

  3. brownsapologist - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    I hate to see him go, but I also forgot what it’s like to see him play.

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