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Report: Mets “very interested” in Grady Sizemore

Dec 20, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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With Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and the newly-acquired Collin Cowgill as the top internal options on their 40-man roster, the Mets don’t have a legitimate everyday outfielder at this point. Now they are looking at someone who hasn’t played in the majors since September 22, 2011.

SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt hears that the Mets are “very interested” in free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore. The 30-year-old didn’t play at all with the Indians in 2012 and is expected to be out until midseason next year following microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, so patience will be required by any team that signs him. The Mets aren’t expected to contend in 2013, so they might be one of those clubs willing to roll the dice on a possible rebound.

Sizemore was once one of the game’s brightest young stars, but he has missed 382 of a possible 486 games over the past three seasons. After having microfracture surgery on both of his knees since 2010, his days as a center fielder are likely over. Chances are he’ll have to settle for a one-year deal with a low guarantee or possibly a minor league deal.

  1. ctc73 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    That’s awesome…the Mets can now replace the often injured Jason Bay with the often injured Grady Sizemore!

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      the circle of life

      • dcfan4life - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Would it really be the Mets without some sort of often injured outfield star? Hence why this makes so much sense haha.

      • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        The air in here
        Smells of piss and beer
        Sweet cycle of life….

      • jwbiii - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM

        A) The circle of life
        B) Death spiral
        C) The flow in a toilet bowl

        Choose one.

    • source7769 - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      travis hafner next?

      • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM


    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Rich Harden could really help round out the rotation. Or perhaps Mark Prior is available

      • jwbiii - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        Mark Prior is available. The good news is he struck out 14 per 9 at AAA last season. The bad news is he walked 8 per 9.

    • 2013thoughts - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Don’t forget Mo Vaughan and Pedro Martinez. The Mets must only hire med-school dropouts to be GMs. These guys have got to stop thinking they know which players with chronic injuries will get healthy.

  2. kinggw - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Why not? Any team would be wise to take a flier on Sizemore, provided they don’t give him more than a one year deal. Sizemore is a low risk, high reward player.

    • senioreditor2 - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      He’s had 87 hits since 2009…..hardly high reward.

    • geoknows - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      And hardly low risk.

  3. cackalackyank - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    A reclamation project you say? Are you sure the Mets are the NY team looking at him?

  4. letsgooakland - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Grady looks great in the tea cup!

  5. jaybird22seven - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    It’s going to be a rough season for Mets fans!!!

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Feesh fans feel a surfeit of sympathy for them.

  6. sdelmonte - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I think that Duda and Nieuwenhuis could be legitimate starters someday. Just not right now.

    • paperlions - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Duda is 27 and can’t play defense. Nieuwenhuis is a K-machine without any power….which means MLB pitchers will eat him up. Both look like 5th OFers to me.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        If Duda can live up to his 30 HR potential, people will forgive the defense. Time to skip the Camptown Races and his the batting cages

  7. bagsy5 - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    As a suffering Astros fan and a female, I have been hoping for the past couple months that the Astros would sign him. While he is injured, I would like for him to be propped up on the dugout with a camera directed on him at all times. Astros ownership owes the fans, and I think this is a very fair request. (I am absolutely not being sarcastic and would love this!!!!)

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Sounds like a designatedhitterball version of Weekend at Bernie’s.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Are the Mets wooing him with tales of the prowess of their medical staff?

  9. njdx1964 - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    what do you mean the Mets are not supposed to contend in 2013? did you not hear? they re signed David Wright

  10. danucks604 - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    What a shame, he was a beast back in the day

  11. temporarilyexiled - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Today’s the day!

    Mets can field all-zombie team.

    • Old Gator - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      I’ve noticed that you are quite the zombie fan. Just as a note, my son synthesized some of the ambient sound in Return of the Living Dead and a few others. He actually composed a score for a film version of John Shirley’s Wetbones, which at the moment is having problems finding enough backers who made it all the way through the book without resorting to Prozac.

      • temporarilyexiled - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        It’s my daughters who regale me with constant zombie references. But I do seem to remember the original Night of the Living Dead scaring the shit out of me when I first saw it.

  12. mrznyc - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Sell Fred, sell.

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