Indians Re-Sign Grady Sizemore

Grady Sizemore will remain with the Indians in 2012, announced the team today.  Sizemore receives a $5MM base salary and $4MM in incentives on a one-year deal, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  He has a chance to reach the value of the option the Indians turned down, with the incentives kicking in at 450 plate appearances according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.  Sizemore would get $500K for winning the Comeback Player of the Year award, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  A corresponding 40-man roster move is a few days away, according to the team.

Sizemore

The Indians chose a $500K buyout over Sizemore's $9MM option in October, and with at least eight teams showing interest it seemed that he'd play elsewhere for the first time in his big league career.  Sizemore, 29, is a risky player given his health issues the last three years.  From 2005-08, he was one of the game's best players for the Tribe, garnering MVP votes in each season.

Since 2009 Sizemore has missed time due to injuries to his elbow, abdominal wall, and left knee, the last of which required microfracture surgery in June of 2010.  He had surgery for a sports hernia this year, and a right knee injury culminated in an October arthroscopy.  He's expected to be ready for Spring Training.  Sizemore's agent, Joe Urbon of CAA Sports, says his client will continue to play center field for the Indians.    

Sizemore ranked 26th on my top 50 free agents list.  With six of the 50 having signed so far, five of the 5,020 entrants in MLBTR's free agent prediction contest have four correct picks

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported Sizemore's likely return to the Indians on Friday, with SI's Jon Heyman declaring it official this morning.

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36 Comments on "Indians Re-Sign Grady Sizemore"


nestleraisinets
3 years 8 months ago

good for both sides…

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

What a boring story.

3 years 8 months ago

We found a way to make it fun…LOL

Jonathunder
3 years 8 months ago

I really like the move.  Theres always going to be that risk that he isn’t going to be healthy, but if he turns out to be, we got a huge bargain.

3 years 8 months ago

You say Grady Sizemore; most people think adult film star.  Just sayin’…

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Staring in “Fast Balls”

3 years 8 months ago

 and “Going Deep”

3 years 8 months ago

Don’t forget “Four bases, one swing.”

3 years 8 months ago

“BB: Butts on Balls”

3 years 8 months ago

LOL:  Two Balls; One Strike

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

That is the REAL SF treat !

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

“Backdoor Slider” “High and Tight” “Sizemore: in the hole” “Tape Measure Blast” … oh I could go all day!

3 years 8 months ago

“Balls in the Gap”, “Working Inside”, “Hit and Run”.

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Never realized how ronchy baseball really is….

R04
3 years 8 months ago

Hopefully they don’t pound him inside too much this year. He’s gotta protect the inside part of the plate, especially with two balls on him.

3 years 8 months ago

Hometown discount. Have to believe there were better deals out there. Seems like everyone in the AL Central is making deals except the Sox. Get to it K-Dubs.

3 years 8 months ago

MLB trade rumors should have a poll, “In what part of the season will Grady Sizemore be out for the entire year?”
O Spring Training
O 1-50 games
O 51-100 games
O 101-150 games
O 150+
 

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

Sometime just after you guys trade for him….lol

Wilsonl
3 years 8 months ago

Aw crap.. I chose the Giants.. 0 for 5..

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

LOL

rockfordone
3 years 8 months ago

Waste of money -could have taken 5M towards Kubel – what are they thinking

3 years 8 months ago

If there is ever a time for Sizemore to return to his glory days it will be this year.  With the monetary incentives added in the contract plus a stellar performance could help him cash in on the last chance for a big-time multiyear contract with another team.  Even if he had more guaranteed money at another city, there is likely a comfort level for playing on the Tribe another year while getting his bearings straight. 

Hopefully Sizemore will Beltre (Beltre: verb; to excel in a final year of a contract in order to maximize the money you will receive the following year by fooling would teams) in this single year contract to help the Tribe’s anemic offense and be able to cash in big with some other big spending team.  Or if the Tribe is out of it, there is always the promise of prospects and next year. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

Tease!!

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

Shoulda gone to Philly…..Have fun watching the playoffs again this year……

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Being a fan of a team that has choked big time for the past two years I find it funny that you are calling out someone who wants to play for the Indians. 

R04
3 years 8 months ago

I had fun watching the filth choke in the first round.

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

Choked….yup……still a great team….yup…..will contend for WS
again next year….yup…….Indians will still
suck…..yup………Have fun rooting for the “Dynasty” team that you
root for….loser……..not worth putting up a different comment

R04
3 years 8 months ago

A filth fan calling someone a loser. How ironic.

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

Best record in the MLB…….5 straight East titles….Sad when Jealousy just eats ya up inside……Yeah, it sucked losing that last 2 years, but there was A LOT more good than bad….We’ll be back next year, AGAIN…….Will your yet unmentioned team be anywhere near the playoffs ?

coolstorybro222
3 years 8 months ago

Eh, I just get a feeling him and Ubaldo will be packaged together and traded to the Phillies next july.

R04
3 years 8 months ago

No, I’d actually love it for the filth to rape their system some more for a couple of have beens.

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

Great having an awesome minor league organization huh ? You probably wouldn’t know……hahahahaha

R04
3 years 8 months ago

Too much cheesesteak looks like. How about the number 27, does that mean anything to you? And LOL at filthy fans acting like they’re a stellar organization. 2 championships in more than 100 years of baseball and the most losses of any team in sports history. You RE TARD.

R04
3 years 8 months ago

Not to mention booing your homegrown superstar first basemen after he injures himself on the last play of the year. Stay classy filth. LOL

hscphillyboy
3 years 8 months ago

What was that about “Staying classy” ? You obviously do not follow your own rules…..

R04
3 years 8 months ago

Now I have to be classy because I called out your loser organization. I’ll make you a deal, hang yourself and I’ll never talk about your filthy team or city again, deal?