I started writing a post about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. Now that the World Series is over, the Indians have three days to decide whether or not to pick up the options on their contracts. I just saw something posted about 5 minutes ago from the Lake County Sentinel saying that the Indians had declined Sizemore’s option. Apparently the team is hedging its bets by trying for a one-year contract with incentives based on the number of games played and productivity.
I honestly think this is the right decision. When the Indians brought Sizemore up at the end of the 2004 (he only played 43 games), I was excited. He was fast, he played hard, he hit well–it was the whole package. I always felt bad that he didn’t make his debut until the end of the season, because he could have been a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate. He was a workhorse from 2005 through 2008, winning two Gold Gloves (2007 and 2008) and appearing in three All-Star Games. For a couple of years, he was the real deal. Since then he’s had injury after injury: a groin injury during 2009 Spring Training followed by elbow surgery and hernia surgery in August 2009. In 2010 came the microfracture surgery on his left knee, which kept him out of the 2011 season until April 17. Stephanie and I (and the rally cows) were at that game. It was like the conquering hero had come home. He went 2-4 with a home run. For a few hours, it seemed like old times, but it didn’t last. You know the rest, Sizemore was in and out of the lineup this season and had surgery on his right knee on October 4. I think the Tribe is making the right call here. Give Grady another chance to show he has some baseball in him and show a little loyalty to a guy who has given them his all. Well, I hope it’s not his all. I’d like to think Sizemore has a few more strong, productive seasons in him, but I’m not holding my breath.