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Indians Officially Decline Option On Sizemore

The Indians have their option $9 million contract option for 2012 on Grady Sizemore, making him eligible for free agency.

Injuries have sabotaged Sizemore's career, limiting him to just 210 games the past three seasons.

He has undergone five surgeries, two on his knees, in three years.

It's possible the Indians may try to re-sign Sizemore, who hit 33 homers and stole 38 bases in 2008, as a free agent.

"This was an exceptionally difficult decision," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We have a profound respect for Grady, his work ethic, his intensity and all the attributes he brings to the game. Baseball is a better game when Grady Sizemore is on the field playing."

Via Associated Press

Braves Trade Derek Lowe To Indians

The Braves have traded Derek Lowe to the Indians, according to sources.

Lowe was traded for left-handed pitching prospect Chris Jones, according to one of the sources.

Atlanta will pay all but $5 million of the $15 million remaining on the last year of Lowe's contract.

Via ESPN.com

Indians Likely To Decline Sizemore's Option

The Indians appear to be on the verge of cutting ties with Grady Sizemore.

It is expected that Cleveland will decline Sizemore's club option for next season prior to Monday's deadline for a decision.

Declining Sizemore's $9 million option would allow him to enter the free-agent market this offseason.

With his recent history of injury, Cleveland would likely only have interest in re-signing him to a lesser deal.

Via MLB.com

Could Giants Take A Chance On Sizemore?

It may be worthwhile for a team like the Giants to take a chance on a player like Grady Sizemore this winter.

Before knee issues sidetracked his career, Sizemore was hitting .281 and averaging 27 home runs and 29 stolen bases over his first four full Major League seasons (2005 to 2008).

Sizemore is hoping his Oct. 3 arthroscopic knee surgery will put him back in business.

He could be a free agent if the Indians decline his option a few days following the World Series.

Via San Francisco Chronicle

Thome Intends To Return For 2012

Jim Thome says he still has the passion to play baseball and that he intends to do so next season.

Thome will become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

Eighth all-time with 604 homers, Thome said his desire to capture an elusive World Series title is more important to him than setting individual records.

Via Associated Press

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