Olney On Grady Sizemore, Rays

Grady Sizemore underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this week and though the Indians say they expect him to be ready for spring training 2012, there’s no guarantee that they’ll exercise his $9MM option. Buster Olney weighed in on Sizemore and the Rays in this morning’s blog entry at ESPN.com. Here are the details: 

  • If the Indians let Sizemore walk, many teams would be interested in his services. Specifically, Olney suggests the 29-year-old center fielder would draw interest from teams like the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies. 
  • At times, talent evaluators saw Sizemore’s old explosiveness this year and it wouldn’t be surprising if he became a star player again.
  • He’s not likely to be back with the Indians in 2013, Olney writes.
  • Olney outlines the options for Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, who expressed frustration with the team’s season-long attendance issues despite its on-field success. He could sell the franchise, continue with a low payroll and low expectations or look to move the team to Tampa or another city. "The St. Petersburg baseball market is dead," Olney writes.


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40 Comments on "Olney On Grady Sizemore, Rays"


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Christopher David
3 years 9 months ago

Why would the Phils, Yanks, or Sox be interested? Victorino, and to a far greater extent, Granderson, and Ellsbury, are all guys at or near the top of their game. 

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parkdav
3 years 9 months ago

I would expect any of them would put him in a corner OF position. It would put far less stress in his body than CF.

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Alex
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed with Paka. The Yankees could decline Swisher’s option ($10.25MM) and get Sizemore for far cheaper if the Indians let him go. Sizemore’s $9MM option is already cheaper for the Yanks, but he could probably be had for around $5MM or less with his injury history.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Still doesn’t make sense to dump Swisher, who has been durable and productive, for Sizemore, who might be a little cheaper, but is far less dependable. Simply wouldn’t make sense to rely on him.

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oohyeah
3 years 9 months ago

ok i may be wrong or super crazy. but my thinking is, the yankees are going to the post season with or without swisher. and if swisher cant do anything in the post season, why have him.

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

The Phillies need someone to replace Ibanez. They have Mayberry but I’m not sold on him. I don’t know about the front office but I’d prefer to get someone else and keep him to a 4th outfield role.

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Muggi
3 years 9 months ago

Man if they signed Grady, wtf would they do with Dom Brown? Eventually the kid has to play or be traded, he doesn’t do any good wallowing in AAA. Gotta sink or swim.

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dylanp5030
3 years 9 months ago

Trade for a 3B? I’ll take Mark Reynolds in CBP. I don’t know, he could draw some major interest.

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I’d imagine Grady would be a 1 year deal to give Domonic a year to collect himself.

It’s more than likely it’s Mayberry/Brown in left field to start the season. I was just saying why they’d be interested. I’m fine with that platoon btw. Domonic was hitting the ball well before he got sent down and then he moped for a couple months.

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chaifetz10
3 years 9 months ago

The Red Sox could potentially use him in RF, as could the Yanks if they decline Swisher’s option.  The Phillies have Ibanez coming off the books, and a healthy Sizemore could play right with Pence moving to left.  Or all three could see him as a super-sub 4th OF, giving him tons of time on the field while still keeping him healthy.

I could see teams like the Cardinals (Jon Jay), Nationals, and Marlins eyeing him as well.

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DCTribeFan
3 years 9 months ago

If you like Grady in right, you havent seen him play much.  Grady, when healthy, brings a lot of tools, but a RF arm has NEVER been one of them.
And speculation in Cleveland has long centered (no pun intended) on Grady playing left instead of center–the medical people have weighed in that left will be harder on his knees than center, because of the sharper cuts required to get to balls in left.

The Nats still lust after BJ Upton, who they wanted at the deadline. I’d expect them to go after him way before Sizemore in the offseason.

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Alexander_Brovechkin
3 years 9 months ago

I agree with the Nats.  Sizemore is exactly the type of reclamation project signing that Rizzo would look for–someone he could not break the bank for because of injury history but has a potential to turn into something decent.

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3 years 9 months ago

Might as well throw the Mets in threre as well if they don’t resign Reyes as they need an upgrade over Angel Pagan as well.

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dylanp5030
3 years 9 months ago

Pence has an amazing arm. Moving him to RF would take away one of his best tools. I do agree that an OF of Sizemore/Mayberry Victorino and Pence would be nice but that is only if they can trade Brown for a third base option (assuming Polanco may be out for surgeries and possibly even retire).

I wonder what kind of return Brown would get right now. He has been horrible of late and certainly hasn’t helped his stock.

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Slopeboy
3 years 9 months ago

Cleveland’s frustration with keeping Sizemore on the field for a prolong time recently is understandable. That being said, they spent money on Jimenez to help speed up their return to the post season, so is a $9MM investment for one year really something to really ponder?
The guy is a serious talent when healthy, and you can be sure he’s eager to show that he can produce. The only way he’s not a bargain is if he’s not healthy. Sign him

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dwhit110
3 years 9 months ago

Check his WAR when he is on the field. Maybe it’s just that he’s playing hurt or so much time off has led to rust, but dude’s not the same player he was prior to 2008.

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rockfordone
3 years 9 months ago

Move the Rays to New York -bring back a third team

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chaifetz10
3 years 9 months ago

Only if they play in Brooklyn!  

And then move the A’s to Portland.

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TheFreak2011
3 years 9 months ago

The Yankees and Mets have territorial claims.  Good luck with that move.

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woadude
3 years 9 months ago

Injury prone outfielder? Yeah screams Red Sox, oh wait, it may scream Cubs.