CLEVELAND -- The Indians gambled that Grady Sizemore would enjoy a healthy comeback season, and the ballclub lost. A mix of injury problems have kept the center fielder off the field, and he will not see any game action before the season's end.
Considering the Indians invested $5 million on a one-year contract to retain Sizemore over the offseason, Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti was asked about the public perception that it was a waste of money.
"In retrospect, obviously, that's certainly true," Antonetti admitted. "We were hopeful that Grady would be able to rebound and play. Obviously, that has not happened. We knew there was a risk, obviously, when we signed him. It didn't work out."
Over the past four years, the 30-year-old Sizemore has undergone operations at various points on his back, left elbow and both knees, along with a pair of sports hernia procedures. Most recently, Sizemore had lower back surgery in March.
Sizemore was signed to a one-year deal after hitting just .224 with 10 home runs, 21 doubles and 32 RBIs in 71 games for the Tribe a year ago. Over the 2008-11 seasons, Sizemore hit a combined .234 with 28 homers, 47 doubles, 109 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 210 games.
Over the 2005-08 seasons, Sizemore hit .281 with 107 homers, 163 doubles, 325 RBIs and 115 stolen bases in 639 games for the Indians. Over that span, he made three All-Star teams, took home two Gold Glove Awards and earned one Silver Slugger.
Antonetti was asked if the team would consider re-signing Sizemore again.
"First and foremost, we need to understand where Grady is physically," Antonetti said. "And he needs to understand that so we can get a plan in place for him to make sure that he's healthy. I think that needs to be Grady's focus. Once we all have a better understanding of that, it'd be more appropriate to comment in the offseason."