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Indians make decision on Sizemore and Carmona

October 31, 2011
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Fausto Carmona
The Indians today announced that they have exercised the $7 million 2012 club option on right-handed pitcher Fausto Carmona and declined the $9.0 million club option on outfielder Grady Sizemore. The Indians will pay Sizemore $500K as part of the buyout of the option and he is now a free agent.

In 2001 Carmona went 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts (188.2 IP, 205 H, 110 ER, 60 BB, 109 K). Had the Indians declined the option they could have still offered him arbitration since he has less than six years of Major League service time, but would have likely had to pay him more in arbitration. Also, considering that the price tag for a like pitcher or better would have been the same or more in free agency, it made sense to pick up his option. He is now signed through the 2012 season and the club options for 2013 ($9 million) and 2014 ($12 million) remain intact.

Sizemore hit .224 with 10 HR, 32 RBI and a .706 OPS in 71 games this past season. He has been limited to just 210 total games played over the last three seasons because of a wide variety of injuries, the most serious being microfracture surgery which cost him most of his 2010 season and delayed the start of his 2011 season.

The Indians will now look to fill their centerfield void this offseason with a free agent or trade, and one name to keep an eye on is Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton who is on the the block and is a player the Indians were serious contenders to acquire this past July and August. They will look at every possible outfield alternative, but Upton could be at the top of their list.

Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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