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Indians' hopes rest on balky knees of Sizemore

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08:24 AM ET 01.25 | Where the Indians go this season in a division that now includes Prince Fielder has a lot to do with Grady Sizemore. [Sizemore] has endured five surgeries in the past three years, one on his left knee in 2010 and another on his right knee four months ago. He was, once, a dynamic two-way player. He won Gold Gloves in the outfield. He hit 33 home runs in 2008, when he also stole 38 bases. He hit 53 doubles in 2006. He walked 101 times in 2007. He routinely scored more than 100 runs. At 29, the greater effort is getting on the field. The Indians tried and failed to significantly upgrade their offense, and now their greatest hope is for Sizemore's knees to repair, for his stroke to return, and for his offense to help drive them.

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January 25, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Big IF, certainly. But all small market teams in baseball's weird economic system have to take their chances on players like this. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn't. Only the Yankees, BoSox, Phillies, Angels, etc. can afford to carry the mammoth salaries of unproductive players for very long.

January 25, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Hate to see such a dynamic career potentially cut short before the age of 30.

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January 25, 2012  10:44 AM ET

Unfortunately the Indians have more issues than Grady's knees. They still have a huge hole at 1B that hasn't been addressed and also need to fill the spot that the player formally known as Fausto left!

January 25, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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Detroit Lite (Indians) ain't going anywhere but downhill. Slinky had better go back to rooting for the underdog Red Sox - at least he will have hope of winning something.

When you look at Detroit's rotation and pen I would say they are the favorites to win the Central. That can't be said for the BoSox since they have a new skipper and have to play the Yanks and Rays almost 40 games this season.

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January 25, 2012  11:34 AM ET

here comes the indians, they have losted carmona due to a trouble created by the same player, and sizemore can't be the exception!!

January 25, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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Outside of Verlander, I don't see a big difference in the 2-5 starters for Cleveland and Detroit. They both pretty much suck.

The one difference is that the Tribe never really established a 5th starter last year and now they have to replace the player formally know as Fausto.

The second is Detroits lineup from top to bottom. They have more options to work with than the Tribe and pretty much every other team in the division.

I think the Indians definitely have to ability to compete but they have a few holes to fill before they can get over that hump.

January 25, 2012  11:45 AM ET

the indians have to play seek and hide with those two players, as it is fausto carmona, and sizemore!!!!

January 25, 2012  11:45 AM ET

perhaps the indians would need to hire a wild monkey from africa!!!

January 25, 2012  11:56 AM ET
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perhaps the indians would need to hire a wild monkey from africa!!!

I'm sorry but you lost me at "Perhaps"????

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January 25, 2012  12:33 PM ET
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I'm sorry but you lost me at "Perhaps"????

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