Rockies one of many teams chasing Sizemore
Club may be willing to move arbitration-eligible outfielder Smith
DENVER -- The Rockies are among the teams gathering medical information on outfielder Grady Sizemore, a three-time All-Star with the Indians before he was slowed by injuries.Sizemore, 29, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 3 to promote healing from a bone bruise that he attempted to play through during the season. Sizemore also underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee after the 2009 season. Sizemore's agent, Joe Urbon, said Tuesday that the prognosis is good. "Grady is on schedule to be ready at the start of Spring Training," Urbon said. "He has been working out every day since his Oct. 3 arthroscopy and will be ready to be in the Opening Day lineup next season."
Urbon did not discuss the number of teams interested in Sizemore, but said he has been forthcoming with medical information with all teams about the recent surgery, performed in Vail, Colo., by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman, who also did the 2009 operation.From 2005, his first full season in the Majors, through 2008, Sizemore hit .281 with 107 home runs and 325 RBIs, and earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2005 and 2006, and a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award in 2008. In the three seasons since, either with injuries or trying to play through them, Sizemore has averaged 70 games a season and hit a cumulative .234 with 28 home runs and 109 RBIs. According to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, the Rockies are one of eight teams to have expressed interest, with the Cubs, Rangers, Giants, Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox and Indians also mentioned. More teams are expected to express interest if the medical news continues to be positive. It is believed Sizemore is seeking a one-year deal to re-establish his value. Coors Field, a hitter's park, would be a good place for that, and the Rockies could be willing to make such an offer. The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Sizemore lives in the Phoenix area, and potentially the Rockies could watch him work out in the coming days. The interest in Sizemore is an indication that they are willing to move left fielder Seth Smith, who is eligible for arbitration. Smith's name has surfaced in reports of talks between the Rockies and the Braves, who are looking to move arbitration-eligible infielder Martin Prado. The Rockies see Prado as a replacement at second base for Mark Ellis, who signed Monday with the Dodgers after finishing 2011 strong in a Rockies uniform. Smith's name could eventually be linked to rumored deals for second base or pitching, another hole for the club. Sizemore has played center field with the Indians but could move to left should the Rockies sign him, since the Rockies have Dexter Fowler in center.
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