The Cleveland Indians made their first big decision of what is becoming a very important off-season for them. After an enthralling 4 ½ months of the 2011 season and falling short in August to the Tigers, the Indians reportedly will decline a $9 million option on arguably the face of the franchise over the last seven seasons, OF Grady Sizemore.
According to Timothy W. Shirer, Sports Editor of The Lake County Sentinel, sources inside the Indians organization hope that the Indians will be able to turn around and sign their former centerfielder to a one year deal with a base salary and incentives in the contract if he reaches a certain number of games played, including a few other statistical milestones.
Sizemore played a total of 71 games during an injury riddled season last year, batting .224 with 10 homers and 32 RBI’s. The three time All Star is 29 years old, a career .269 hitter, and obviously a fan favorite. We’ll keep you posted on any further reports regarding this story as they develop.