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Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 5:52 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

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The Cleveland Indians have decided against picking up center fielder Grady Sizemore's club option for 2012, meaning he's now a free agent. The ballclub also announced that it did pick up starting pitcher Fausto Carmona's club option, which is worth $7 million.

Sizemore's option would have been $9 million, but the Indians instead elected to buy his contract out for $500,000.

Sizemore, 29, was once headed to an outstanding career, but injuries have derailed him the past several seasons. He was an All-Star three straight seasons (2006-2008) and widely known as one of the best all-around players in baseball. He could hit for power, steal bases and play great defense in center. In the past three seasons, however, Sizemore has only managed 210 games and his numbers suffered with the injuries as well. He hit just .224/.285/.422 in 71 games in 2011. It will be interesting to see the market for Sizemore. It's entirely possible he can still return to elite form, but he carries some significant risk as well. The best guess is a one-year offer full of incentives is what he has to take.

And don't rule out a return to Cleveland.

"Grady is not going to rule out playing for anyone, including the Indians," said Joe Urbon, Sizemore's agent (Cleveland.com). "The only difference is now he is able to engage with all 30 teams."

Carmona, 27, was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 188 2/3 innings in 2011. He was an All-Star in 2010 and finished fourth in Cy Young voting back in 2007. Carmona is now signed through 2012 with club options for 2013 and 2014.

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Comments

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:06 am
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

Sizemore knows one way to play and that is "all out".  The first time he dives for a ball in the outfield, there goes his knees and hello DL and yet more surgery.  It's by no means assured that he'd even be a decent DH.

I'm not worried about the Tribe picking up Fausto's option.  They can always use him in a trade.  They said the same about Jiminez.  No way is the front office done dealin'.




Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

would love to see him with the brew crew outfield/ first base. The brewers could have Gamel at first Sizemore in center and move him around to save his legs. a one year deal with a mutual option for the next year



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option


I dont know how they could decline Sizemore's options and pick up Carmona's"

Totally agree. IMO they should of declined both & picked up a stud at 1 of our badly needed positions
 



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

Heritage, you are stoned.  No way Cleveland is involved in anything to do with Prince Fielder except maybe he catches a connecting flight to his final destination.


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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

Sizemore is made of peanut brittle, we don't need that anymore.  The tribe needs to make a big splash in free agency.  Look for them to be involved with Prince Fielder



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

that was in response to the comment "I dont know how they could decline Sizemore's options and pick up Carmona's"



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

because even the worst starting pitchers who can log 180 innings get $5mm (Derek Lowe).  Carmona gets $7mm and unfortunately, that is the going rate.  He'd probably get that in free agency. 

Sizemore, who knows.  He's not going to get $9mm in free agency.  He might get $4mm + incentives.  He also might get that deal in Cleveland.




Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

"pronk needs to go just as carmona needs to go.  sizemore is younger and cheaper and will do more for the team than juice-less hafner."

LOL, I agree, Pronk was definitely on the juice.  No way will the Indians get rid of Hafner though - they have to pay him $13 million, no one will pick up that salary, so he will be on the team (and the DL,off and on).  Who knows, the Tribe could still get Grady on an incentive laden contract - I hope they do.  Between him and Pronk, they could have 162 games.  As for Carmona, he needs a change of scenery for his own good and for Tribe fans.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Indians decline Grady Sizemore's option

poppin-


pronk needs to go just as carmona needs to go.  sizemore is younger and cheaper and will do more for the team than juice-less hafner.  


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