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Grady Sizemore In Serious Discussions With Indians, According To Report

After recently being linked as one of the teams interested in acquiring the services of Grady Sizemore, it looks like the Cleveland Indians may be closer than we thought. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Sizemore's agent, Joe Urbon, said that the outfielder is presently in serious discussions with the Indians as of now.

"Grady has maintained that he would welcome a return to the Indians," Urbon said. "Our efforts right now are to see if we can make that happen."    

Sizemore, the longtime face of the Indians franchise, reportedly backed off of talks with other teams that were supposedly interested. The Phillies, Cubs, Rockies, Giants and Yankees have all been linked to Sizemore, though Rosenthal's sources say those first three were the most aggressive in their pursuit.

He initially became a free agent when the Indians declined a $9 million option. That was just too much money to devote to a player who has had five surgeries recently. He missed significant time, though he did play well when he was healthy. Still, the deal is expected to be a fraction of that $9 million, and a decision could come as early as this weekend on his future.

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