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Indians sign Sizemore to new and very long deal
2006-03-29 10:44
by Bob Timmermann

Cleveland has locked up Grady Sizemore for six years and $23.45 million.

The Associated Press says its the largest contract for a player with less than two years of major league service.

2006-03-29 11:42:08
1.   PennyJavy
He'll be earning more throughout his arbitration eligible years but if he continues to play good he will miss out on a big paycheck in the year he would have become a FA. He'll get it eventually though. It works out well for Grady and it's an ever better deal for the Indians.
2006-03-29 12:46:45
2.   das411
Amazing how you can get six years of Sizemore for roughly the going rate of one year of ARod these days...

Also this seems to be part of an interesting trend: smaller market teams locking up their stars at very reasonable $$. From last year's Carl Crawford deal with Tampa, Jason Bay in the 'burgh, and now Perhalta and Sizemore in Cleveland, this could be the front edge of a new wave of Gwynn and Ripken-esque franchise players who actually remain with one team!

...just don't mention the Bartolo Colon deal when I use Sizemore as an example :)

2006-03-29 13:56:49
3.   Shaun P
One wonders if the Mariners could have signed A-Rod to say, a 10 year $70 million contract in, oh, the winter of 1996. Or even a 10 year $100 million contract. Was Boras A-Rod's agent at the time? Would he have let A-Rod sign such a deal? At 20, could A-Rod have possibly turned that much money down?

Makes you wonder, doesn' it?

2006-03-30 23:27:30
4.   das411
Makes you wonder why the Marlins didn't try it with Miggy C and Dontrelle two years ago!

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