Roundup: Sizemore rumors addressed
Sometimes a trade rumor is nothing more than a rumor.
Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti addressed the recent rumors regarding Grady Sizemore on Thursday night, when he and Indians manager Manny Acta fielded questions from fans during a Town Hall meeting in downtown Cleveland.
“I normally don’t get into individual rumors,” Antonetti said. “This one time, I will comment on it. We have not had a single discussion about potentially trading Grady Sizemore. Now, there are teams that call us all the time to ask about our players — that’s just the nature of the business.”
“They’ll ask about almost everyone on our roster at different points in the offseason, but I can tell you at no point have we contemplated trading Grady, and we have no intention of trading Fausto (Carmona), either.”
Antonetti’s comments came after an online report surfaced Monday on MASNsports.com, citing a scout, claiming that the Indians and Nationals have had “conversations” about dealing Sizemore and Carmona to Washington. The rumor gained steam as the week went on, leading Antonetti to shoot it down publicly.
Around the league:
* The Orioles have taken a step toward adding a significant bat to their lineup, as they have made an offer to designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, MLB.com confirmed on Thursday.
The amount and terms of the offer have varied from $2 million to $5 million, although FoxSports.com, which first reported the offer, estimated that the deal was in the low $3 million range.
At one point this offseason, Guerrero requested a two-year deal worth $16 million before dropping his price to one year and $8 million. The O’s had a lower figure in mind, and multiple media outlets have reported that the veteran is not pleased with Baltimore’s offer, which a Major League source told MLB.com was a far “more reasonable” figure.
* White Sox general manager Kenny Williams talked to Freddy Garcia’s camp about the White Sox rotation situation, although no numbers were exchanged and Williams said there haven’t been talks with Garcia for at least two or three weeks.
* Joe Beimel is signing with the Pirates, The Denver Post reported on Thursday. According to the report, Beimel said his role on the staff, manager Clint Hurdle and his family in the area were factors in the decision to go with Pittsburgh.
Beimel, who will turn 34 in April, went 1-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 71 appearances for the Rockies last season. He has a home in the Pittsburgh-area, the report said.