2011 in Review: Grady Sizemore

 

Age 28 Season

2011 Salary: $7.5M

Service Time (est): 6.056

2012 Contract Status: Team Option ($8.5M, $500K Buyout)

Options Remaining: N/A

How Acquired: Trade (Montreal, 6-27-02)

If Opening Day was tomorrow (assuming he's healthy): Starting center fielder, under restructured contract.

 

2011 Transactions/Injuries:

3-30-2011: Placed on 15-Day Disabled List (left knee surgery)

4-17-2011: Reinstated from 15-Day Disabled List

5-16-2011: Placed on 15-Day Disabled List (right knee bruise, retroactive to 5-11)

5-27-2011: Reinstated from 15-Day Disabled List

7-19-2011: Placed on 15-Day Disabled List (right knee)

9-5-2011: Reinstated from Disabled List

 

A promising career has often been curtailed or ended by injuries. Eric Davis had Hall of Fame talent, but just couldn't stay on the field for an entire season. Albert Belle was on his way to a Hall of Fame career (assuming the writers would hold their noses and vote for him) before a degenerative hip injury quickly ended it after only 12 seasons. Health is as important as talent for a major-league player, as without the former, having the latter doesn't really matter.

 

2011 was Grady Sizemore's second straight lost season, and it's now been three seasons since he was truly healthy. He started the season on the Disabled List, still recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, but when he came off the DL, he seemed, at least at the plate, as good as ever, collecting 12 extra-base hits in his first 11 games of the season. But he ran into more injury problems, and seemed to derail what looked like a comeback season. He went on the DL with an injury to his right knee, and that injury lingered the rest of the season. He missed another two months starting in July, and used the time to correct another injury (a sports hernia). He returned to the lineup briefly in September, and was shut down with a week to go in the season.

 

Sizemore ended the season with .224/.285/.422 (95 OPS+), but his playing time was so fragmented and fleeting that it's difficult to make any conclusions on how well he played. Most of the production early in the season, although he had a hot stretch just before he went on the DL in July. He still looked decent in center field when he was able to play, but looked worse at the plate as the season progressed.

Grady will visit Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado today for an evaluation of his right knee, and the results of that visit will go a long way in determining whether the Indians pick up the $9M 2012 Team Option on Sizemore's contract.

"That will give us an opportunity to get some further clarity on that," Antonetti said. "Once we have more information, we can factor that in and weight it as part of the decision."

 

If Sizemore's knee is pronounced healthy, then there's a chance the Indians pick up the option. If the news is not definitively good (ie, no surgery is necessary, but some rehab is needed), then the Indians would either decline the option altogether or perhaps attempt to restructure the contract. I think there's reasons for both sides to restructure the deal, as the Indians don't really have an everyday center fielder on their roster, and Sizemore wouldn't be getting any long-term deals on the open market.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pos Awards
2000 17 WSN-min Rk 55 236 205 31 60 8 3 1 14 16 2 23 24 .293 .380 .376 .756 JUE · GULF
2001 18 WSN-min A 123 541 451 64 121 16 4 2 61 32 11 81 92 .268 .381 .335 .716 CLI · MIDW
2002 19 WSN-CLE-min A+ 122 503 428 68 125 24 7 3 46 23 16 69 71 .292 .392 .402 .794 BRE,KIN · FLOR,CARL
2003 20 CLE-min AA 128 559 496 96 151 26 11 13 78 10 9 46 73 .304 .373 .480 .853 AKR · EL
2004 21 CLE-min AAA 101 473 418 73 120 23 8 8 51 15 10 42 72 .287 .360 .438 .798 BFL · IL
2004 21 CLE AL 43 159 138 15 34 6 2 4 24 2 0 14 34 .246 .333 .406 .739 97 8
2005 22 CLE AL 158 706 640 111 185 37 11 22 81 22 10 52 132 .289 .348 .484 .832 123 *8 MVP-23
2006 23 CLE AL 162 751 655 134 190 53 11 28 76 22 6 78 153 .290 .375 .533 .907 133 *8/D AS,MVP-11
2007 24 CLE AL 162 748 628 118 174 34 5 24 78 33 10 101 155 .277 .390 .462 .852 123 *8/D AS,MVP-12,GG
2008 25 CLE AL 157 745 634 101 170 39 5 33 90 38 5 98 130 .268 .374 .502 .876 133 *8/D AS,MVP-10,GG,SS
2009 26 CLE AL 106 503 436 73 108 20 6 18 64 13 8 60 92 .248 .343 .445 .788 110 8D
2010 27 CLE AL 33 140 128 15 27 6 2 0 13 4 2 9 35 .211 .271 .289 .560 58 8
2011 28 CLE-min AA,AAA 8 32 28 2 10 3 0 1 5 0 0 4 5 .357 .438 .571 1.009 AKR,CLB · EL,IL
2011 28 CLE AL 71 295 268 34 60 21 1 10 32 0 2 18 85 .224 .285 .422 .706 95 8D
8 Seasons 892 4047 3527 601 948 216 43 139 458 134 43 430 816 .269 .357 .473 .830 120
162 Game Avg. 162 735 641 109 172 39 8 25 83 24 8 78 148 .269 .357 .473 .830 120
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/3/2011.
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