Indians Exercise Option On Carmona, Decline On Sizemore

The Indians announced today they've exercised their club option on Fausto Carmona and declined their option on Grady Sizemore.

Carmona would have earned more than the $7MM option price as an arbitration eligible player, and the Indians made the expected choice to retain him.

Sizemore spent his entire career with the Indians, peaking in 2008 with a tenth-place finish in the MVP voting.  Due to Sizemore's health concerns, the Indians chose a $500K buyout over a $9MM option for 2012.  Sizemore has had several surgeries in recent years but expects to be ready for Spring Training, so he'll be appealing on a one-year deal to many teams.

30 Responses to Indians Exercise Option On Carmona, Decline On Sizemore Leave a Reply

  1. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    Dear Braves:

    Sign Sizemore to a 1-year pact. Put him in left field, and trade Prado or use him as UTIL.

    Please and thanks.

    • kast2L 4 years ago

      i was thinking the same exact thing, use that 5 mil for a one year deal 

    • setupunchtag 4 years ago

      I’m not even a Braves fan, but that makes a lot of sense.

  2. danwatson19 4 years ago

    As a Tribe fan, it hurts to see him go, but it was the right move for the team.  

    Best of luck to Grady, and hopefully his health turns back around and he has a number of good years ahead of him (except when he’s playing the Indians, of course)

  3. I understand letting Sizemore go, but why not Carmona as well? At $7MM, they’re overpaying him.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      Carmona probably would have gotten $7M or more on the open market, he’s still good for around 200 innings.

      • KStrickTech 4 years ago

        …and 15 loses.  The Indians have more than enough young pitchers.  Even a throw-away mop-up detail guy would be on par with Carmona’s stats over the past few years, all at a small fraction of the cost…

    • woadude 4 years ago

      I see the Indians playing him out and hoping he has a strong first half so they can shop him at the trade deadline, having a SP on the trade deadline making modest money is a good way to get a blue chip prospect or two.

  4. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    To save some time, please fill out which ever statement you want to make.

    I think Sizemore would be a great fit for *insert your team name here*
    I’d love for the *insert your team name here* to take a chance on Sizemore

    • I’d love for the METS to take a chance on Sizemore so he will add to their CROP OF OFT-INJURED OUTFIELDERS.

  5. chico65 4 years ago

    Given that he hasn’t really been healthy since that 2008 season it’s foolish to think he will be for an entire year, but at 5-6MM on a one-year deal there will plenty of suitors.  If he bounces back what a bargain. 

  6. John Brazauskas 4 years ago

    Padres ~ Let Harang walk and sign this guy using that same money.  I wouldn’t care if another move is made or not after signing Sizemore to play Left Field.. get it done!

    • I think that we have plenty of outfielders waiting in line, who have a brighter future than Sizemore… Blanks, Cunningham, Venable, and Guzman are some more likely suitors for the team.

      I doubt Padres will risk seeing Sizemore get hurt again and eat up a big chunk of the small-budget payroll.

  7. Remington 4 years ago


    • chico65 4 years ago

      I can assure you that the Angles will not be in on Sizemore.

  8. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    Really hope Sizemore can bounce back with a club. When healthy, he’s a good outfielder in a lineup.

    • Casor_Greener 4 years ago

      IF you have to add “when healthy” to describe a player, he is most likely never healthy enough to warrant the trouble.

  9. bigpupp 4 years ago

    I really doubt Carmona is with the Indians next year either. I could be wrong but I see him being traded in the upcoming weeks.

  10. Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

    I think the O’s should trade Adam Jones with his value at an all time high and take a flier on Sizemore.  I know it’s not realistic but Adam wont be around by the time the O’s field a competative team

  11. Jonathunder 4 years ago

    I would love if we resigned him for less. Hurts to see one of my favs leave.  Best of luck to him whoever signs him.

  12. Can Sizemore still play CF? If so, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the A’s take a run for him if the price is right.

    • sorryidontcare 4 years ago

      Sizemore should have a number of offers, all things being equal I doubt any player would choose to play for the A’s.

  13. woadude 4 years ago

    I can see the Red Sox being in on him, oh wait Theo is in Chicago? Ok I can see the Cubs being in on him.

  14. sorryidontcare 4 years ago

    Stating in right field for your Detroit Tigers…. Grady Sizemore…

  15. I could see Sizemore in a Brewers uniform.

    • There isn’t really a need for him in the outfield, but he could maybe step into Prince’s shoes at first, where he is less likely to be injured.  One-year deal, incentive and option -laden.  If he sucks or gets hurt, there’s always Gamel

  16. Sizemore is a perfect fit for Chicago Whitesox. They need a leadoff hitter

  17. Forget about it! Sizemore is comming to the Nats.

  18. David Wear 4 years ago

    Can someone please explain to me how Carmona would earn over $7M in arbitration. The guy has a 4.60 ERA, only has 2 seasons with an ERA under 5.20, only has 2 winning seasons (1 of which he was 8-7 5.44 ERA), and if you take out 2007, this is his line: 34-58 5.05ERA 1.5WHIP. I’d pay Sizemore $8.5M over Carmona $7M anyday.

    • David Wear 4 years ago

      Indians are definitely praying for bounce backs this year, with Carmona and Lowe in the same rotation. 

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