Indians’ Say No to Sizemore, Yes to Carmona, Trade for Lowe

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The Cleveland Indians have declined their club option on outfielder Grady Sizemore, according to an official within the Indians organization, making the center fielder a free agent.

Bart Swain, Director, Baseball Information for the Indians, tells Fox 8 News’ Dan Jovic that the Indians have decided to not exercise their $8.5 million club option for the 2012 season on Sizemore. The Indians will have to pay Sizemore $500,000 for buying out his contract.

Sizemore has spent his entire major league career with the Indians and was a three-time All-Star before he began suffering a series of injuries in 2009 that undoubtedly factored into today’s decision.

Sizemore played just 71 games for Cleveland this past season. He batted .269 for the Indians in his eight years.

Swain also confirms that the club option for pitcher Fausto Carmona was exercised by the Indians.

Carmona is set to make $7 million for the 2012 season. Incentive built into his contract could push his salary as high as $8 million.

Carmona had a win-loss record of 7-15 last year, with a 5.25 era.

According to the Associated Press, the Indians also acquired right-handed starting pitcher Derek Lowe from the Atlanta raves for a minor league pitcher.

The Associated Press’ Tom Withers reports that Lowe, who has 166 career wins, was acquired for left-hander Chris Jones.

The 38-year-old Lowe has pitched in both leagues, as a starter and closer. He is one of just three pitchers in history with more than 160 wins and 80 saves.

Lowe will join an Indians rotation with power pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and Carmona.

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti has scheduled a conference call today at 3:00 pm to discuss the moves made by the team.