Indians decline option on Sizemore
By SPORTS NETWORK
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians have potentially cut ties with Grady Sizemore after declining their club option on the outfielder for next season.
The Indians made the announcement Monday, also exercising a 2012 option on right-handed starter Fausto Carmona.
Prone to injury, Sizemore hasn't played more than 106 games in each of the last three seasons and appeared in a total of just 104 over the last two.
The centre fielder underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the season and was expected to be facing a recovery period of 6-8 weeks, although he should be ready for spring training next season.
Now a free agent, the 29-year-old Sizemore could play for a team other than the Indians for the first time in his career.
The three-time All-Star was the last remaining piece of the 2002 trade that sent Bartolo Colon to the Montreal Expos. The multi-player deal also included Cliff Lee.
Sizemore is several years removed from his best years, when he played at least 157 games in four straight seasons from 2005-08. He hit 107 homers during the stretch with an average on-base percentage better than .371.
He opened this past season on the disabled list after having microfracture surgery on his left knee and also missed two weeks in May with a right knee contusion.
Sizemore suffered another contusion in July, had surgery to repair a sports hernia on July 21 and played just 71 game, batting .224 with 10 homers and an OBP of .285.
Carmona, who has played all six of his MLB seasons with the Indians, was 7-15 with a 5.25 earned run average in 32 starts this past year. He is 53-66 in his career.