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UPDATE: Indians, Grady Sizemore closing in on new deal

Nov 18, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

UPDATE II: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, a deal between the Indians and Sizemore will get done.

UPDATE: Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, confirmed to Rosenthal that serious discussions with the Indians are taking place. The 29-year-old could make up his mind as soon as this weekend.

7:42 PM: Sources tell FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal than the Indians and Grady Sizemore are involved in serious talks and will likely agree to a one-year deal.

It’s something of a surprise, given that the team declined Sizemore’s $9 million option for 2012 earlier this month.

The 29-year-old Sizemore, formerly one of the AL’s very best players, has missed much of the last two seasons due to knee problems. He hit .224/.285/.422 with 10 homers in 71 games last season.

Sizemore was only interested in a one-year deal this winter, as he hopes to rebuild his value and land a much bigger contract next winter. That’s what adds to the mixed feelings here; if Sizemore does return to old form, the Indians will have a difficult time re-signing him to the $15 million-$20 million per year contract he’s going to deserve.

Given what Sizemore is right now, the Indians might well be better off replacing him with a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder. Left fielder Michael Brantley would be just fine in center, and Sizemore’s return makes the Indians way lefty heavy. Brantley, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, DH Travis Hafner, second baseman Jason Kipnis and third-base candidates Jack Hannahan and Lonnie Chisenhall are all left-handed hitters.

  1. burm61 - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    This could be a great one year move for the Tribe. If Sizemore, somehow, returns to form Cleveland becomes a serious World Series contender.

    • tastybasslines - Nov 19, 2011 at 3:53 AM

      If the dog hadn’t stopped to take a crap, he would have caught the rabbit.

  2. tashkalucy - Nov 18, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Excellent analysis.

    The Indians had so many left-handed hitters, that teams started right handed pitchers and removed them for left-handed pitchers by the 5th-6th inning last year, and the Indians couldn’t do a thing against them

    What’s comical is the crackerjack statistics-oriented front office put their chips on Matt LaPorta as the strong right-handed bat to neutralize the left-handed pitchers. Problem was – during his entire career LaPorta has had more trouble hitting left-handed pitchers then righties.

    Mark Shapiro and his boy wonder Robin (i.e. Chris Antonetti) are overrated something fierce thanks to Shapiro smoozing the national media. The Indians job is to develop quality young players for other MLB teams (CC, Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, etc.), rehap injured players (Millwood, Pavaro, and now Sizemore) , along with giving front office people jobs to cut their MLB teeth on (Bostons’ new GM started with the Indians).

    Shapiro is a master of bs and developing perception. His team has been in the playoffs one time in 10 years, and for some reason people think he’s running a fine operation. These guys can’t judge talent if their lives depended on it (their drafts have been horrendous). Along with the A’s, one of the fundamentally worse teams in MLB for years at a time. All these OBP guys and no one that can hit the ball to get them to score.

  3. stevincinci - Nov 18, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Come down south to Cincinnati, Grady. We have a spot waiting for you in the outfield. Center, or left, which ever one you want. Oh yeah, ex-Indian Brandon Phillips says , hey, Cincy is where it’s at.

  4. cordellgc - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    dude I don’t care what kinda year he has, if his agent calls any club asking for 15-20mill, he is getting Hung up on. and please keep on south through Cincinnati, the last thing we need is to over pay for agen broken down player that can’t stay on the field. the reds have plenty of arms they can trade for a 3rd basemen and alonzo will be fine in left.

  5. afreak2u - Nov 19, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Let him go he always hurt

  6. tastybasslines - Nov 19, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    2 years, many knee problems….getting older…he is 29 but Albert is washed up at 31? He is worth no more than 4 mill a season for the upside…the chances of the downside coming through are MUCH greater.

  7. jthammerstix - Nov 19, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    8==D

  8. mgscott - Nov 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Tribe fans love Grady. The Indians will keep him around.

  9. bigtrav425 - Nov 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    As a tribe fan and clevelander..this better not fucking happen!! i will be super pissed!…we need to move on.Grady has always been overrated…its time for Brantley to play CF and to get RH bat and a corner OF….this goes to prove more so how inept the dolans and tribe management are

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