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Will a “high-revenue team” give Grady Sizemore $9 million?

Nov 7, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

Last week the Indians declined their 2012 option on Grady Sizemore, deciding that the one-time star center fielder wasn’t worth $9 million after three straight injury wrecked seasons.

Their decision made sense, but now Ken Rosenthal of reports that Sizemore “likely will sign with a high-revenue team that’s willing to give him approximately the value of the $9 million club option that the Indians declined.”

But wait, Rosenthal also writes that “don’t rule out the Indians just yet” because “the Indians’ training staff knows Sizemore better than any club’s and could help position him to achieve a better platform for free agency on a one-year deal.”

If the Indians declined their chance to pay him $9 million next season and Rosenthal expects “a high-revenue team” to offer him a one-year deal worth around $9 million, then it’s tough to see exactly how or why the Indians would still be in the picture at that point. Especially since they paid Sizemore a $500,000 buyout in declining the $9 million option.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    I think you’re making a mountain out of an ant hill. One interpretation is to read between the lines and say Sizemore will be willing to go back to Cleveland on a cheaper one year deal tahn $9MM that has a chance of netting him a better deal in the 2012 off-season. How likely is that? Not much. But Rosenthal says too little in two lines to accurately say for sure what the heck he’s trying to convey.

    In any case, what news items are out there that Sizemore will likely get a $9MM year deal? It looks more like Rosenthal’s opinion than anything else. Everyone knows the Indians declined the option and the reasons why. Why is there expectation that a different team will bite for a comparatively high price?

  2. Ari Collins - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM


  3. davebrownspiral - Nov 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Perhaps a one year $3-4 million deal with a chance to make $8 or $9 million through incentives, but I can’t see any team, high/low revenue offering this guy a big contract

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