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Rosenthal: Indians Close to Re-Signing Sizemore

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Ken Rosenthal submitted this at 9 PM:

Grady Sizemore appears to be headed back to the Indians.

The free-agent outfielder is in serious discussions with his previous team, according to his agent, Joe Urbon.

Now this could just be posturing from his agent so that the other interested teams up their offers, or it could just mean that Sizemore wants to play in Cleveland next year. If the Indians bring back Sizemore, he's going to be their center fielder; I'm not sure how many of the other clubs are promising that.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted another quote from Urbon:

"The came at us with an aggressive offer,'' said agent Joe Urbon. He says the two sides have "exchanged proposals.''

Obviously that doesn't mean the Indians are going to sign him, but it does hint that the Indians are at least close to any other offer.

Jordan Bastian also has chimed in, echoing Rosenthal but also including a quote from Chris Antonetti:

"I will refrain from specifically commenting on any speculation," Antonetti wrote in an e-mail to MLB.com. "But we remain interested in keeping Grady in an Indians' uniform and have expressed that sentiment to Grady and his representatives."

Bastian brought up a good point later in the article: because Sizemore can't work out for other clubs, the Indians are at an advantage because they are intimately aware of Sizemore's health.

More to come...