Troy Renck of The Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Rockies are showing interest in free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore. The oft-injured Sizemore is one of the more intriguing options available this offseason and has already drawn interest from several clubs including the A’s, Red Sox and Mets.
Sizemore, who made his way to Cleveland as part of the historic Bartolo Colon-to-Expos deal, has spent his entire major league career with the Indians. Over his first five years in the bigs, Sizemore became one of the most consistent center fielders around. Sizemore made three straight All-Star appearances from 2006-08 while averaging over 160 games played per season.
Unfortunately for the Indians and Sizemore, injuries have since taken their toll. Sizemore has only played in 210 games since 2009 while dealing with multiple knee issues. When he is able to take the field, Sizemore has shown flashes of his old self. Still, the 29-year-old hasn’t maintained a season OPS north of .790 since 2008.
2011 was more of the same for Sizemore, who only managed to suit up in 71 games while hitting at a clip of .224/.285/.422.
Because of this inconsistency, Sizemore is reportedly seeking a one-year deal. Still in his prime, Sizemore would hope to post solid numbers in 2012, or at least stay healthy for a full year, and then cash in with a lucrative, long-term deal next offseason.
Colorado may have an opening in the outfield if they are able to reach a deal with the Atlanta Braves for second baseman Martin Prado. Atlanta is looking for outfield help, and this is an area of depth for the Rockies. Colorado views Prado as a solid option at second base.
But if the Rockies do free up a spot on their roster, it won’t be for a center fielder, the only regular position Sizemore has known. According to Renck, the Rockies are committed to Dexter Fowler in center.
If the club were to add Sizemore, it would be to fill a corner outfield position, and at this point it’s unknown if the free agent is willing to shift from center. If he does end up signing a one-year deal this winter, Sizemore would likely look to remain in center to keep his value high.
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