If Sizemore is a free agent, will Sandy be interested?

According to MLB.com, the Indians have until three days after the conclusion of the World Series to pick up OF Grady Sizemore’s $9 million option for 2012.

Sizemore, 29, hit just .224 with a .285 OBP, 10 HR, 32 RBI and zero stolen bases in 268 at-bats this season for the Indians.

He had microfracture surgery on his left knee in June of 2010. He had yet another surgery on his knee earlier this month, which, according to WTAM 100, will require 6 to 8 weeks of recovery. The Indians can pick up his option for 2012 or pay a $500,000 buyout and make him a free agent.

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It’s only Oct. 13, and already the the Tigers, Dodgers, Mariners,¬†Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies have been linked to him in rumors. The Indians are saying he’ll be ready for Spring Training; but, even still, it seems very unlikely they’ll pick up his option. He’ll be a free agent, and teams will be interested.

Assuming the Mets non tender Angel Pagan, which is seeming more and more likely every day (though I don’t fully understand why), Sizemore would be worth looking in to. He was one of the most dynamic center fielders in the game just a few years ago. He has missed a ton of time over the last three seasons. However, he is still only 29 years old. I talked to two scouts who watched him this past season, and, though both question his ability to stay healthy for a full season, they also said he showed signs of his old self last year (the thing is, he could never find a good rhythm or get enough playing time to sustain it). There will be plenty of teams with interest in Grady, so I don’t think he can be viewed as ‘a flyer,’ like some people like to toss out there. He’s going to get decent offers, and there will be competition (assuming he hits the market).