Indians Will Keep Eye Out For Sizemore Alternatives

The Indians lost Grady Sizemore for the next 2-3 months due to his recent back surgery, but GM Chris Antonetti told reporters (including's Jordan Bastian) that he likes the team's in-house replacements (Twitter link). Antonetti acknowledged that he'll have scouts watching other clubs in Spring Training for possible alternatives, however.

With Sizemore out, Michael Brantley will step in as the everyday center fielder with Shin-Soo Choo and various left field candidates flanking him. The Indians signed Fred Lewis, Felix Pie, and Ryan Spilborghs to minor league contracts this offseason and already have Ezequiel Carrera, Aaron Cunningham, and Shelley Duncan on the 40-man roster. Scouting other clubs following Sizemore's injury seems to be little more than due diligence.

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  1. thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

    I don’t know how fred lewis is doing (probably bad). i hope he is back on the giants (or the blue jays).

    • BrettLawrieBiggestFan 3 years ago

       Not the blue jays. We already have Jose/ Thames/Rasums/Snider and Davis and Ben Fransisco … and adam lind lol. NO MORE OF’s

  2. dwarfcatt 3 years ago

    Interesting headline Indians, the Athletics are doing the exact same thing

  3. nats2012 3 years ago

    Grady is such a fun player to watch, I was actually hoping the Nats would take a shot with him but he just gets injured too much. Hope he still has a chance to make an impact with the Indians because he is a game changer when healthy.

  4. Dc21892 3 years ago

    Almost seems like ages ago that this guy was on all the highlight reels making a great defensive play or cracking a homer. Sad, sad story.

  5. $5427573 3 years ago

    I’m sure someone would easily trade for him, though at this point all they’ll get is a low level prospect.

  6. Matt 3 years ago

    Gerardo Parra?

  7. sportsnut969 3 years ago

    Looks to me as if the indians have cornered the market on the Land of misfit end of the road washed up major league players.

    Manny Acta said they are going to fill the LF slot from within.

  8. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    Better not ask the a’s, they’re really shallow when it comes to outfielders….

  9. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    Rajai Davis?

    • Diarmuid212 3 years ago

      I like it!

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      Yah I was thinking that too..

      but Rajai hits lefties, and in late game situations you can stick him on first and he gets to third pretty easy.. reality is you aren’t going to get anything significant for him, so might as well keep him..

      Plus if Rasmus gets injured, I’d hate to see Snider in CF

      • Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

         Yea, he isn’t a starting CF but an excellent backup option. Dude is amazingly fun to watch and sometimes extremely frustrating.

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          he has a career OBP of .350 vs lefties, (.304 vs righties)

          he’s a great option to spell snider or thames vs tough lefty starters or late in games..

          Probably beside R.H one of the best 3rd base stealer I’ve ever seen.

  10. woodyheld 3 years ago

    Must suck to be Trevor Crowe.

    • Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

       Playing baseball for a living? Yes that must certainly suck..

  11. JLaw 3 years ago

    Not surprising, but extremely disappointing. I’ve always hoped that he’d have an opportunity to resume his career as a star, but if he doesn’t come back hitting like an $20MM player or spends another stint on the DL this year, I doubt anybody takes another chance at him next year. 

  12. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    How about a Soriano salary dump? He could play left field until Sizemore comes back and then serve as a right-handed alternative to Pronk, who always finds a way to injure himself anyway. 

    I just want him gone so badly.

  13. Rashomon 3 years ago

    Will the Pirates keep an eye out for a Burnett replacement? 

  14. thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

    4 years counting on 5

  15. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    They came to an agreement on a one year deal, if I’m not mistaken.

  16. TimotheusATL 3 years ago

    They didn’t. They declined the option and resigned him to a one-year deal.

    Still a mistake.

  17. BitLocker 3 years ago

     Because they are the Indians. They aren’t a big market team that can easily replace a player who isn’t producing right away. They just re-sign him and hope that he doesn’t get too many injuries and wait it out until they groom someone new to replace him. I mean, Sizemore is still a good player when he’s healthy and can produce.

  18. I didn’t know the article was about Zumaya

  19. TimotheusATL 3 years ago

     of all the similes you had to pick… :O

  20. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    I don’t know any team that does that if the player has defensive abilities.

    For the most part, players are moved to less premium aka easier defensive positions because they can make it as a mlb quality CF, SS, 2B, C .

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