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MLB News: Grady Sizemore resumes baseball activities

Last we heard from former Cleveland Indians All-Star Grady Sizemore, he was eyeing a mid-season return to the game when he was healthy enough to compete again.

Per a Boston Globe report by Nick Cafardo today, it appears that the 30-year-old has indeed resumed activities. Here’s his tidbit when discussing Boston’s plans and other notable acquisitions on the market:

6. Grady Sizemore, OF, free agent — It shouldn’t be long before a long list of teams start to inquire about Sizemore. He’s begun baseball activities after missing all this time with knee surgeries, and so far he’s had no setbacks. Sizemore was once one of the great talents in the game, and it appears he’s working his way back and could help teams needing outfield help (Mets?) for the second half of the season.

The Mets were a team that was previously linked to Sizemore at the 2012 Winter Meetings. Oddly enough, they previously competed against the Indians for the rights to Michael Bourn, but didn’t make as steep an offer because of their No. 11 first-round draft pick.

Sizemore has played in just 104 games since the start of the 2010 season. He was an All-Star for Cleveland from 2006-2008, producing at a clip of .279/.380/.499 with an average of 42 doubles, 28 homers, 81 RBI and 31 steals per season. He even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But then the injury bug began in 2009, and he’s never been the same player ever since.

The Indians gave him a reaffirmation of their belief with a $5 million contract for the 2012 season, but Sizemore never appeared on the field. As of now, it’s certainly unlikely that GM Chris Antonetti and the team would be interested in his services again.

[Related: 2013 MLB Draft: Indians look to buck trend with No. 5 pick]

  • FearTheRoo

    Wonder when the Tribe bullpen will “resume baseball activities”? They really have been hurting this team.

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    I would love to see Grady come back. He can easily fill Giambi’s role and he has the potential to really help this team if healthy. If he agreed to a minor league contract, it’s really a no risk move.

  • dwhit110

    Why bring in Sizemore to fill Giambi’s role when Giambi has been doing a fine job in it?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Why Grady why?

  • mgbode

    because he will make a few extra million if he can get his body back in shape? isn’t that worth the effort?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Perhaps whether that will be enough to satisfy Grady will be the question. I don’t think it’s about the $$$ though I think it’s his competitiveness more then anything.

  • mgbode

    well, then that is a noble goal and worthy of pursuit. do you disagree?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Whether he could do that or not is probably moot… Francona, and apparently everyone who has ever met the guy, wouldn’t allow Giambi’s role to be filled by anyone other than Giambi. They love that guy and can’t stop talking about his presence in the clubhouse. As much as Shapiro and Antonetti love Sizemore, he doesn’t have a role on this team. I wish him luck with the Mets or wherever else he might land.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s his life was just thinking of the toll he’s subjected his body to already.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hey it’s your boy Travis Pronx Hafner’s birthday why are you working? 😉

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    Easy to say that he’s doing a fine job after he has been on fire, but everyone was calling for his head when he was 0 for 24.

    Granted he is an injury risk (understatement of the century), but he has the ability to mash the ball when healthy (look at early part of 2011). I understand this move won’t happen, but the virtual GM in me values the potential of a healthy Sizemore over the leadership and experience of Giambi.

  • seadome13

    well if he goes to NY he can bunk with Pronk

  • mgbode

    did not know it was Pronk’s B-day. Happy Birthday to him (though hopefully in a loss tonight).