Indians “In Serious Discussions” With Grady Sizemore

11:49am: "We will continue to work through details with the Indians over the weekend," said Urbon to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter links). "During that time we will have no further comment.''

SATURDAY, 8:50am: Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer says the one-year deal would include a low base salary and incentives that could push the total value to $9MM, the same amount as the option the Indians declined after the season. Hoynes also mentions that the two sides discussed a deal like this before the option decision was made.

FRIDAY, 8:52pm: "The Indians came at us with an aggressive offer,'' Sizemore's agent Joe Urbon tells's Jerry Crasnick. "Grady has always maintained that he would be interested in returning to Cleveland. We've exchanged proposals, but there's nothing more I can say at this point.''  Crasnick's ESPN colleague Buster Olney hears from a source that the deal "will be done" between the two sides (Twitter link).

8:11pm: Urbon confirmed to Rosenthal (Twitter link) that the negotiations with the Indians are taking place.  "Our efforts right now are to see if we can make that happen," Urbon said.

6:34pm: The Indians and Grady Sizemore are having "serious discussions" about a one-year contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).  One of Rosenthal's sources says a deal is "very likely," while another source is only slightly less optimistic, pegging the chances of an agreement at "70-30."

Several teams have shown interest in Sizemore this winter but a source tells Rosenthal that Sizemore is "pulling back" from talks with other clubs in order to pursue this new deal with Cleveland.  Things could be finalized between the two sides by this weekend.

As Rosenthal noted in a follow-up tweet, the Tribe's medical personnel knows Sizemore best and with just a one-year contract, he could pursue a bigger deal next offseason.  There isn't much risk involved for the Indians — a healthy and in-form Sizemore helps the team contend in the AL Central or, if Cleveland falls out of the pennant race, Sizemore would be a sought-after commodity at the trade deadline even as a rental player.

46 Responses to Indians “In Serious Discussions” With Grady Sizemore Leave a Reply

  1. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    That’s where he belongs. Hope he can rebound for those guys.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      … and if he DOES… A healthy Grady Sizemore could make them contenders next year. Would be a great signing for the Indians.

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago


      • I’m not against the guy but do you really think after all the time missed and injuries he can be anywhere close to what he was. Seems like he will be a shell of himself IF he can stay healthy. But more that likely this will be wasted money by a team that doesn’t need to risk any of the limited funds they have. 

        • imachainsaw 4 years ago

          he’s still relatively young and he’s still a five tool player. if the injuns dont sign him, i’m sure there are more than a dozen other teams champing at the bit to get a shot at him. i know if i were a GM and saw my OF with room for upgrade, he’d be first on my list.

          • John 4 years ago

            Cool story bro

          • imachainsaw 4 years ago

            great input bro

          • He is in no way a 5 tool player anymore. Multiple surgeries and missing years of time missed have taken all that. 

          • imachainsaw 4 years ago

            cause you’ve scouted him recently right? unless you’ve witnessed him, it’s going out on a limb to assume change

          • Then I’m out on the limb. I just don’t see anyway he will be more than a shell of what he was. It’s really hard, almost impossible to not play baseball for nearly a whole two years and have multiple surgeries and not loss skill. To me it feels like more of a limb to assume he is still a top flight player. 

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

          … besides it was in addition to me saying “if he rebounds.”

      • Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

        Grady could definitely help them, but Cleveland needs more than that to be a strong contender

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

          Its the AL Central. You don’t need a whole lot.

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

      WOW! what an awesome story.. 

    • yabud 4 years ago

      Amen to that. Sizemore could be in for a comeback POY award. 

  2. baybombers 4 years ago

    Grady wants to stay an indian

  3. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    thats so lame..

    • WrigleyTerror37 4 years ago

      How is this lame? a guy wants to stay with the organization that helped him, along with paying him while on the DL. Now all he wants to do is give back to the organization. So again how is this lame?

      • John 4 years ago

        They payed him because they were forced too. Not out of generosity.

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

      I feel bad for Cleveland… As a Cardinals fan if Albert walks.. I hope he goes to the Tribe.

      • bayareabeast 4 years ago

        you think sizemore is to the indians what pujols is to st loui? not quite

  4. Remington 4 years ago

    Just don’t overypay the guy and it could be a real bargain.

    • Jay LeBlanc 4 years ago

      They already bought him out for a half-million, declining the $8.5 million option they had. We’ll see if he’s a bargain or not. Wonder what “an aggressive offer” is deemed, as his agent says.

  5. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Grady was playing like a superstar and might have even been carving out a Hall of Fame type career, and then injuries plagued him. I really hope he can rebound for his Indians, but there’s just so many problems with him now. 

  6. UrkillingmeSmalls 4 years ago

    If the Indians can get Sizemore, Reyes, Beuhrle, and either Pujols or Fielder they will be lethal next year.

    • Matt 4 years ago

      I think you could say that about anyone except the astros.

  7. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Sizemore should just retire. Sorry Cleveland.. too bad LaBron wasn’t this reasonable. 

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      Retire? Why? Because of a couple bad injuries? Don’t stop playing until they won’t offer you a contract anymore.

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        The kid is done.. Cleveland should go outside to replace him.. they need to stop investing in injuries 

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          No. Kendrey Morales is done. Sizemore is not.

          • 0vercast 4 years ago

            I have more faith in the health of Morales than I would in Sizemore.

        • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

          Why do you hate him so much?

  8. Karkat 4 years ago

    Anything to keep the Red Sox from signing him! 😀

  9. baybombers 4 years ago

    olney says the deal is done according to sources

  10. Alex 4 years ago

    I like this call. Sizemore most likely would have gotten $9 million from another team, and restructuring it with a low base salary + incentives is way better than the guaranteed money from the option.

  11. Kevin McCaul 4 years ago

    Paying $9 million for Sizemore is crazy. Apparently just having the name “Grady Sizemore” can make you a lot of money.

    •  It’s not 9mill. The deal is around 3-5 mill w/options that can raise it up to 9mill.

      • rockfordone 4 years ago

        Waste of money – if he was wanted by so many other clubs why is he signing now. Get real he had other clubs at the 1-2M range only.

  12. Jonathunder 4 years ago

    As a clevelander, this makes me extremely happy.  We saw some flashes from him when he first came back.  Cleveland still absolutely loves Sizemore, injured or not, he is the fan favorite, even with Asdrubal emerging as one of the best shortstops in the league.

    • Maybe the problem with Cleveland fans is that Asdrubal comes on as a top SS and they are still are in love with a guy that can manage to play only about 20 games a year. I don’t hate the guy but I can’t believe everyone still thinks he is great.

  13. Great situation for both sides. If Grady is healthy, then Cleveland obviously wants him for this season, and he gives them another year to find a replacement. Then he can cash in somewhere else for his last big contract. If he is injured again, or he just stinks, then both part ways. Cleveland isnt wasting money on him. Its either take a chance at Grady being even close to what he was, or overpay for the ‘best’ OF on the market….a mediocre Coco Crisp.

  14. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I’d like to see him in the AL east so I can watch him play more often. When he’s healthy, he’s one of the most dynamic players in the league

  15. JP27 4 years ago


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