From Jim Ingraham:
This much we know for sure: Sizemore has signed his last contract with the Indians. There is no reason to believe when Sizemore becomes a free agent after the 2012 season he won’t leave whatever team he is with and sign a monstrous contract with one of the big-market teams.
The Yankees, who will need a new center fielder by then, are one team that comes to mind.
The only question regarding the Sizemore era in Cleveland is how much longer it will last.
With the Indians looking primed to be a losing club for the duration of Sizemore’s contract, it might make sense for the Yankees to attempt and blow them away with a deal now. Sizemore struggled with ineffectiveness and injury in 2009, but is one of the league’s best and most unique talents when healthy, and is likely the best all around CF’er in the sport. While the cost would be hefty, it would allow the Yankees to stay away from handing out contracts to players such as Matt Holliday and Jason Bay.
The Yankees could resign one of Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to DH, and have Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner share LF. That would make for a great defensive outfield, and the club would not miss a beat offensively with Sizemore’s stick in the lineup. Of course, as with any move, the question is the cost. Any deal would almost certainly start with Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson, Zach McCallister, and Austin Romine, and might require some more arms to fill out the package. While I am loathe to give up prospects like those, Sizemore is an exceptional talent who would fit seamlessly into the pantheon of great Yankee center fielders. It is a tough call. Would you pursue it?
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