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Agent: Grady Sizemore 'open to anything'

Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:42 pm
Grady Sizemore

By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the most interesting free agents out there is Grady Sizemore, the incredibly talented former center fielder for the Indians.

Despite his talent, the 28-year-old is a risky signing because of his injury issues, having played just 210 games over the past three seasons. But when healthy, there are few players in the game that can match his array of talents.

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Already, he's been mentioned as a target for the Red Sox and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes Sizemore could be a fit with the Nationals. Sizemore's agent, Joe Urbon, told Kilgore that "a number of clubs" have contacted him about Sizemore, who is "open" to just about any opportunity that comes his way before making a decision.

"He wants to have an opportunity that will allow him to show he's still the elite player he's been," Urbon said. "In a perfect world, he'd love to play center field. You can't ignore the fact that's where he won two Gold Gloves, where he's been a three-time all-star. When healthy, he's one of the best players in the game. But if he feels the best opportunity is for him to play in a corner spot, then he has the ability to do that."

Sizemore had a relatively minor surgery on his right knee after the season and missed 44 games from July to September with a sports hernia. He was on the disabled list a total of three times in 2011 after missing all but 33 games in 2010 after microfracture surgery on his left knee. He had two DL stints in 2009 for a left elbow injury.

Someone's going to pull the trigger on Sizemore, but the real gamble will be with the number of years on his contract, or he could go for the one-year show-me contract to set up a bigger payday in 2013 if he's healthy in 2012.

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Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:48 pm

Agent: Grady Sizemore 'open to anything'

I hope that he lands somewhere and does well, but as an Indians fan it was time to let him go. Fans appreciated his hustle, he had speed and played the game full-tilt, but the past three years have been a complete waste. The thing with him, he gets hurt doing things that shouldn't get you hurt. He had knee surgery after sliding into second base! He was a decent hitter, but the maddening thing about him was that he struck out A TON. He was a free swinger and was terrible in the clutch. I wish him well, but it's time to part ways. I know about 10,000 women in Cleveland who are heart broken, but it had to happen. Good luck, Grady.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:15 pm

Sizemore Perfect Fit in Seattle

OK, so Grady Sizemore has bad knees.  He's probably is not the elite centerfielder he once was, but could play it if needed.  A corner spot might be better, LF or RF. 

Well, I'll be darned....Seattle has left field wide open, with some young talent not quite ready.  And they need a guy who can play center sometimes, since Gutierrez has had health issues the last two years.

And Seattle's park is built for left-handed hitters.  I'll be darned, Sizemore is a lefty batter!

And where did Sizemore grow up?  Surprise!  Washington State!

One-year incentive-laden deal, with a mutual option for second year at a reasonable price.  A perfect opportunity for Sizemore to rebuild his career.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:43 pm

Agent: Grady Sizemore 'open to anything'

The smart money on Sizemore is probably going to be a minimal salary guarantee with incentives kind of 1 year deal, or even a minor league he can prove at what level he can play, if at all. 

Sizemore always had a pedestrian batting average and was a low contact hiitter...much of his appeal was that he had power AND speed, and there is ample evidence he doesn't have the legs anymore...and his ability to hit is in question too. Now, he's had an injury to his throwing elbow. He's only 28, but he's rapidly running out of tools.  

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:54 pm

Agent: Grady Sizemore 'open to anything'

If I was a GM - I would answer this question with one word 'Pass' 

He's been banged up, and has not shown in the slighest bit he has the ability to return to his so called 'elite' form.  Sorry Grady, you were a really good ball player once - but if you would take a 1 year 1.5mm deal to be a part timer getting more ABs if one of the starters gets hurt then i would say that would be worth it.  Otherwise I believe all you will bring to a team is turmoil (like if one of the starters has a mild slump, he would have to worry b/c GS is on the bench) ... not worth the headache.  

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