Eight Teams Interested In Grady Sizemore

TUESDAY, 11:27am: The Rockies have examined Sizemore's medical records and believe he's worth the risk on a one-year deal, reports Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.  The Rockies expect to watch Sizemore work out in the coming days.

The A's have no interest in pursuing Sizemore, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

MONDAY, 7:38pm: There's no shortage of interest in Grady Sizemore this offseason. The free agent outfielder has drawn interest from eight teams, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. The Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Yankees are potential suitors for Sizemore, along with the Phillies, Rockies, Red Sox and Indians.

The Giants are interested, even after acquiring Melky Cabrera, and the Cubs view Sizemore as a possible fit in right field. The A's, who saw their entire outfield hit free agency after the season, have also been linked to Sizemore.

Sizemore's knees have limited him to 104 total games in the past two seasons, so the Indians declined their $9MM club option after the season, making the 29-year-old a free agent. He hit 10 homers and posted a .224/.285/.422 line in 2011, but Sizemore combined power, speed and on-base skills as one of baseball's premier center fielders from 2005-08.


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Gurvir Nijjar
3 years 9 months ago

The jays could trade Rajai Davis and bring Sizemore in, he would challenge Rasmus for centerfield.  

3 years 9 months ago

I love the idea of the Jays going after him, but only as the left fielder.  Rasmus has great potential but only if we let him reach it.  Everyone has seen what clubhouse pressure does to Rasmus from when he was in St. Louis.  Bautista in right, Rasmus in center, Sizemore in left.  That outfield has the potential for almost 100 homers.  Ridiculous.

FS54
3 years 9 months ago

sixty will have to come from Joey Bats.

3 years 9 months ago

I feel like that would just kill Travis Snider/ Thames. 

Honestly, I think Snider/Thames will be ready by next year to take the everyday role.I think the Jays are far better off spending that money towards their GODDAMN BULLPEN.

BenchedMark
3 years 9 months ago

i think what you meant to say is,  “jays are far better off spending money on starting rotation, sure up second base and the outfield…bullpen should be the least of their concerns”

right?

3 years 9 months ago

 It would have to be a buy low and sell high senerio if the Jays were to pursue Seizemore. They have Rasmus, Snider, Thames, Anthony Gose and Jake Marisnick (possibly Cespedes) all with great potential in the outfield. Add to that Joey Bats, Rajai Davis and EE, all more than capable of playing the outfield.

3 years 9 months ago

could be a good fit for yankee stadium with his power. but even as a yankee fan i dont want them wasting their money on a guy who is going to pretty much spend the whole season on the DL. his knees are done and hes not even a catcher. was a good ball player, but his days are numbered

Mike Mark Sopp
3 years 9 months ago

i can’t understand how many teams are interested in him as a RF – his arm is not his strong suit – if i were looking at him for RF i’d be afraid people would be taking extra bases on him all day….

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

His arm isn’t Johnny Damon bad. He certainly doesn’t belong in RF and I think the only team that would put him there would be the Red Sox.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Would love the Phillies to take a flyer on him given their outfield depth if he falters. CBP would be a great place to rebuild his value.

3 years 9 months ago

what outfield depth? 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

John Mayberry, Domonic Brown, Ben Fransisco (if he’s tendered).

TheHotCorner
3 years 9 months ago

I would rather see them give Dom Brown a chance. 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

He’s not ready defensively, I think offensively, he was fine when he got called up. He struggled but his on base percentage was good and he was turning it around in July with regards to his batting average (.296/.398/.366).

I don’t think he was as bad as a lot of Phillies fans made him out to be. I’d personally love to see him just play a full season at the AAA level and come up in September and be ready to take over left field in 2013.

Muggi
3 years 9 months ago

Agree with Phillies_Aces35 here – from seeing him at Lehigh Valley last season, Brown needs a LOT of LF practice. He’d never played there before, and the spin on the ball just completely screwed him up. He missed basic fly balls.

Offensively I think he’s ready for the bigs (or his SHOT at the bigs at least; nothing left to prove at AAA), but until he can be even a passable LF, he needs to stay down and learn.

Silence
3 years 9 months ago

I only like him coming here more because we only need a starting LF for one season. That is what Seizmore could be for us, just like Beltre was to the Sox. I don’t see him having trouble fielding in CBP either as it isn’t as big say Coors field, AT&T park. If he wants to get a lot of playing time, he should eliminate the Giants and Sox off his list though.

3 years 9 months ago

Giants for left field please :)

baseball52
3 years 9 months ago

Learn how to play first base so you can play in 100 games at least.

Devon Henry
3 years 9 months ago

Sizemore at first would be ridiculous. A first baseman with 30+ steals!!!

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

Since 1980 First baseman with 30+ steals. Bagwell did it twice in 97/99 with 31/30 respectively; Greg Jefferies in 93 with 46, and Gerald Perry in 87 with 42.

These 1b all played 85% of their games at 1b.

formerdraftpick
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t forget about Frank Chance, Ed Delahanty, Jack Doyle, Paul Molitor or 
Charlie Comiskey.  

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t think any of those guys played after 1980!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

Molitor never made the play 85% of games at 1b threshold to be included on list.

formerdraftpick
3 years 9 months ago

But the original comment was “Sizemore at first would be ridiculous. A first baseman with 30+ steals!!!”  They had 30+ steals while playing first base in the same season.  Most of the people I included were alive more than 100 years ago.  Lol. 

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

My reply said “since 1980″..sorry for the confusion.  I didn’t want to go too far back into time….

3 years 9 months ago

First base isn’t a bad idea to take a load off. Stealing bases has nothing to do with what position you play. Either you have speed or you don’t. Someone with speed generally leads off but needs to hit .300+  or have a high OBP. Speed and power hits 3, 4, or 5. Sizemore’s speed at this point is questionable. If you can’t steal successfully 80% of the time forget it.

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

He has been hurt running the bases not playing the outfield. So, unless you have a way for him not to run the bases….

baseball52
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe if he were to run less somehow, he could run the bases and not get hurt. Hmm…

3 years 9 months ago

Surprised there isnt more interest. He wouldnt cost that much and could also turn into a valuable trade chip in july. Worst case hes awful and its only a 1 year experiment. 

3 years 9 months ago

There are at least 8 teams looking at him. There will be a minor bidding war. I say he goes for $4.5 mil.

Joey E
3 years 9 months ago

when are the phils going to trade Dom Brown?

dylanp5030
3 years 9 months ago

He needs another year at AAA, if he plans on being a MLB player. Sizemore/Mayberry would be cheaper than Cuddyer.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Winter Meetings.

dylanp5030
3 years 9 months ago

Hopefully for Middle Infield Prospects, not a middle age LF…if they do trade him.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I’d imagine the only way they trade him is for a 3rd baseman/short stop.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Whoa! How dare they make a list of suitors for a free agent without including the Marlins on the list. I’m sure its just a typo. Some of the players the Marlins get linked to don’t even make sense…Carlos Beltran? Playing CF? Really?

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

He was linked early on to Florida. Ozzie is a huge Grady fan and I wouldn’t be one bid surprised if he ends up there.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Idk. I think the Marlins have superior internal options in Coughlan, Petersen, and Bonifacio. Not to mention the possibility of signing Cespedes. There are too many options that would be cheaper and probably at least as productive.

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

agree with your logic, just wouldn’t be surprised to see Grady with Marlins.  

3 years 9 months ago

Does anyone know of Sizemores Defense at right field? How strong of an arm does he have?

formerdraftpick
3 years 9 months ago

He can lift a car with his arm.  That’s strong!

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

His arm does not profile as a RF. It isn’t Johnny Damon bad but it’s not good.

danwatson19
3 years 9 months ago

If it’s not Johnny Damon bad, it’s pretty close.  Certainly the weakest outfield arm I’ve seen on the Indians this past decade, and that’s taking Jason Michaels into account.  

He’d be a great fit in left, and I think he can still play a league average center.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

A throwaway Heyman tweet = definitely not happening. Sizemore makes zero sense for the A’s, who have enough young OFers and aren’t looking to contend next year. Why block them?

Steve Kinsella
3 years 9 months ago

sometimes its providing young OF more time to develop in minors, delay service time, or provide the offense with a punch while the young OFs go through the ups and downs that normally plague young players.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

These guys the A’s have are all 24-27 or are AAA “ready-now” guys. Sizemore isn’t the answer, a guy like Logan Morrison makes a lot of sense though. 

3 years 9 months ago

why not this sounds to much like a billy bean move he  is better then nothing  im prying we trade for lomo to get some more offence maybe we can dh sizemore and keep him helthey would be better then that slug chris carter the guy that has the speed of 12 dead turtels

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

annnd Jon Heyman making things up out of thin air just got exposed yet again…knew the A’s wouldn’t block prospects. I agree Morrison should be a perfect target for Beane though. Maybe if they want Gio, make Morrison part of a deal that raids their farm and brings in Dominguez and Yelich too…if the Marlins really are looking to win this year and the next few seems like a fair deal.

3 years 9 months ago

agree 100 percent

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

The Indians would have probably been smart to pick up his option and send 5 million in a trade, probably could have got some value back.

3 years 9 months ago

Injuries have rendered him pretty much useless for two years, so paying him anything is the funniest thing this side of Mark Prior.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed. It’s a pretty desperate market if this guy has so many clubs after him. The idea he’ll steal 30 bases the rest of his career with those knees, never mind next year, is pretty fanciful.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

i think it’s a statement on how barren the FA market is for outfielders.

windycitywarrior
3 years 9 months ago

Phillies—- not enough money
Indians—-probably not happening
Rockies— possibility if they trade Seth Smith
Rangers—have too many OF’s that arent (and are) injury prone
Red Sox—could happen if they decide Reddick isnt ready
Giants—–only if they dont sign Beltran
Yankees—where would he or Swisher play? Loses value as DH
Cubs——-makes most since from team standpoint
 

myname_989
3 years 9 months ago

The Phillies have plenty of money. Especially for an incentive laden deal.

windycitywarrior
3 years 9 months ago

He will probably have too many suitors to sign an incentive laden deal. I read somewhere since the Papelbon signing the Phillies dont have as much to spend in free agency on an outfielder.

Muggi
3 years 9 months ago

I still think his deal will be incentive-laden. He’s not the kind of player teams will bid each other up on IMO…i.e. a team may make an offer, but they’re not going to be pushed into the 4-5m guaranteed range to outbid others. He’s still such a huge, huge risk.

If he could be signed for 3-4m plus incentives to get it to 5-6m, I could see the Phils being in the game.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t say they have plenty of money, especially if they resign Jroll.

myname_989
3 years 9 months ago

Well I meant as it stands now, they still have money to spend. It is widely believed that they still have the payroll to add two larger contracts ($10 mil+) (trying to remember where that was written, but it was in a wrap-up of Papelbon’s press conference), so if they were able to sign Rollins but unable to land a, say, Michael Cuddyer, they’d still have funds to make a competitive offer, especially on a one-year deal.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

i dont think the phils have all this money people seem to think. I think their ownership knows they have a team that is made to win in the next 3 years, and they better spend now to get it done. That doesn’t mean they can blow money now.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 9 months ago

did you accidentally hit the caps lock key?

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

i think a team with a surplus of established outfielders but a lack of pitching signs him and deals a good existing outfielder as part of a trade for a slightly above average pitcher

101andCounting
3 years 9 months ago

“Can he play first base?”
-T. Epstein

101andCounting
3 years 9 months ago

It would take the strain off his knees – his glove’s always been good, and maybe he could rediscover his swing in a new ballpark and a new spot in the lineup. Removes concerns about his arm strength too, and he could start playing outfield again as his knees get stronger.

livingpaint
3 years 9 months ago

surprised not to see seattle’s name not on that list. he’s from the area, he wants to play and the m’s could pretty much guarantee a starting job, the m’s need a better bat and a left fielder (back-up cf), and he would sign cheap(ish).

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

not the stadium i’d want to re-establish my value in

livingpaint
3 years 9 months ago

hmmm a left-handed bat for a stadium built for a left-handed batter? why not? he’s a career .320 hitter here at safeco (obp: 493, slg: 560, ops: 1.053)

3 years 9 months ago

Can’t see why the Cubs are interested in Sizemore. Unless, they’re thinking of putting Colvin or LaHair at 1B which I really hope not. We need to sign Fielder to man 1B for the next 6-7 years. Then to address the 3B options (Cuddyer *cough, cough*) trade Big Z, Soriano, and get a manager.

Muggi
3 years 9 months ago

Trading Big Z and Soriano are pipe dreams though…hell the Phils have a better chance of trading a 1-footed $125m Howard than anyone biting on Big Z.

3 years 9 months ago

Z has 1 year with an option left on his contract. If we could swap bad contracts someone will bite. You’re right on Soriano though 3 more years for mediocre offense and worse than Manny being Manny defense. Makes me sick this guy makes 18 mil for the next 3 years. See contracts like Big Z and Soriano are why Jim Hendry doesn’t have a job.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

If Z is willing to waive his no trade, so that limits even swapping bad contracts. And there isnt really many bad contracts that will benefit trading him.

jessethegreat
3 years 9 months ago

Chris, Cuddyer will not be playing the hot corner on a regular basis. The Twins experimented with that idea for a few years. He would be best utilized by placing his cannon for an arm in right field and stepping in at 1b for a few games here and there to give the regular 1st baseman a rest. He can spot start in the infield here and there, but he’s nowhere near the infielder that he is an outfielder. He’s not great with the glove so infield errors would be a plenty if he were a regular there. He blossomed with the stick once he made the transition to playing in the grass regularly. Don’t mess with his head!

3 years 9 months ago

Better then many DH options around the league. He would make tons of sense in Tampa Bay, replacing Damon. He ought to take a one year contract to prove himself as a DH/1b type. He hits plenty for those spots IF he can stay healthy. Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Mariners, Cleveland, Twins, A’s. tons of teams like that could use his upside as a DH. I doubt he will be worth much more than replacement value as a defensive outfielder at this point anyway.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 9 months ago

I feel as though the Braves aren’t interested (other than the injury aspect) because he’s LH?

3 years 9 months ago

Yeah and they’re in trade talks with Detroit, Delmon Young for Martin Prado.

johnnygigante
3 years 9 months ago

1. Melky, CF
2. Sanchez, 2B
3. Posey, C
4. Sandoval, 3B
5. Beltran, LF
6. Belt, 1B
7. Shierholtz, RF
8. Barmes, SS

Bench: Sizemore/Ross, Keppinger, Huff, Torres, Crawford, Stewart/Whiteside