Good news for Cleveland’s Grady’s Ladies fanbase: The Indians appear to be pursuing a one-year deal to bring back Grady Sizemore.
Even though the Tribe allowed Sizemore to enter the free-agent pool by not picking up his $9 million option for 2012, they still believe in the huge upside for Sizemore. When healthy, I believe the center fielder is one of the best all-around players at his position in the AL.
The Indians likely will pursue a deal that is incentive-laden considering Sizemore hasn’t played a full season since 2008.
It’s been reported that as many as eight teams have shown interest in Sizemore, but none know the full medical history better than the Indians.
Here’s some other interesting stories from around MLB:
–Baseball’s owners and union made it look easy, verbally agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement. Part of the deal includes expanding the playoffs to include an extra wild-card playoff team in each league, possibly as soon as next season. Old-school baseball fans might not like playoff expansion, but evolution is good for the game.
–The Houston Astros have a new owner and a new league. The club was sold for $610 million to a group led by a Houston businessman on the condition that the team join the American League in 2013. (Former AL team Milwaukee might have been a more natural fit to move, but the decision finally balances the leagues at 15 teams apiece.) It also changes the interleague schedule, making for an interleague game for almost every day of the season. Ugh.
–Dale Sveum, the former Altoona Curve manager, will be the next Chicago Cubs manager. Apparently, he blew away new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein with his baseball acumen during the interview process.
–The Pirates set their 40-man roster in time for the Rule 5 Draft. The Bucs have the eighth selection in the Dec. 8 draft.