Sizemore potentially eying mid-season to sign with MLB team

Rather than signing a multi-million deal and hoping to play, veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore will not sign a contract for the 2013 MLB season until he is 100 percent recovered from his recent microfracture surgery.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports, via the player’s representative, that Sizemore may not even consider putting pen to paper until the middle of the upcoming season.

“[Joe] Urbon said that a number of teams have expressed interest in Sizemore, and that some have offered to sign him and allow him to rehabilitate at his own pace,” writes Rosenthal. “Sizemore, however, felt like he tried to rush back last season to fulfill his one-year, $5 million free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians. As it turned out, he did not play a single game.”

The New York Mets were reportedly “very interested” in the injury-plagued Sizemore as recent as the 2012 Winter Meetings.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    Would anyone want Sizemore as our DH? I was thinking I could go for that, but then remembered that he hurt himself running the bases as much if not more than playing in the field. I don’t think he’s got another season in him with an OPS+ north of 95.

  • cmm13

    So mid-season 2013 to sign and end of season 2015 to actually play?

  • mgbode

    “Sizemore may not even consider putting pen to paper until the middle of the upcoming season.”

    Ummm, or MLB teams learned from the Indian’s mistake last seasons that a mid-season return is not even a 50/50 proposition w/ Grady anymore.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • SDA

    My wife is a Mets fan. LOL is all I got

  • Harv 21

    If teams are willing to take a flyer on him now and he won’t that’s kind of interesting. He knows he’s his own worst enemy pushing himself too hard to justify the money, and is willing to pay for his own rehab at private facilities. I think it shows both self-awareness and decency. With maybe a hint of understanding that any sports team physician has an inherent conflict of interest between the interests of the team and that of the injured player.

  • thepaledragon

    Why not? This makes it sound like he won’t try out for teams until he’s near 100%. At that point I trust the Indians doctors to evaluate him and determine whether he can play or not. If we need the help at OF or DH at that point in the season, I say go for it. I’m sure he’ll be much cheaper than $5 mill, too.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I would completely agree with you if I thought that during any uninjured period of time that he’d be an above-average player, but I don’t think that anymore. I’m betting on him being a shell of his former self when healthy. I’d rather take a chance on one of our young guys.

  • woofersus

    I wonder if his agent is thinking that if he gets 100% healthy and really impresses in a workout in July that he’ll get more money than if he signs a “wait and see” contract now. He could get an incentive laden contract, but then if he’s 100% in july and has a leg fall of in August he won’t fulfill any of them.

  • CB Everett

    Somewhere, Antonetti is sweating and twitching and trying to keep his hand from writing a $5M check.

  • saggy

    Does he coach football?

  • Garry_Owen

    Designated Hurt?

  • boomhauertjs

    Let it go, Grady, let it go…

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Oh is that what that stands for? If so, then I need to be putting my feelings regarding the Indians in the DH slot.