Will a “high-revenue team” give Grady Sizemore $9 million?

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Last week the Indians declined their 2012 option on Grady Sizemore, deciding that the one-time star center fielder wasn’t worth $9 million after three straight injury wrecked seasons.

Their decision made sense, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Sizemore “likely will sign with a high-revenue team that’s willing to give him approximately the value of the $9 million club option that the Indians declined.”

But wait, Rosenthal also writes that “don’t rule out the Indians just yet” because “the Indians’ training staff knows Sizemore better than any club’s and could help position him to achieve a better platform for free agency on a one-year deal.”

If the Indians declined their chance to pay him $9 million next season and Rosenthal expects “a high-revenue team” to offer him a one-year deal worth around $9 million, then it’s tough to see exactly how or why the Indians would still be in the picture at that point. Especially since they paid Sizemore a $500,000 buyout in declining the $9 million option.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.