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Sizemore Sure Deserving Of Deal

Grady Sizemore

Mark Shapiro's heart was racing about 200 beats per minute as he watched his young outfielder dive headlong near the warning track in left-center field. The Tribe's general manager then held his breath as he stared at the 23-year-old from Seattle, Wa., who laid on the turf at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven for a few seconds.

Finally, Shapiro was able to exhale as the Indians' new $23.5 million man got to his feet and walked slowly back to centerfield, all the pieces of his finely-tuned body still in place. Shapiro let out a nervous chuckle, knowing that the effort he had watched was an example of why the Indians had only hours earlier signed Grady Sizemore to a record-breaking six-year contract, with a team option... Recommended Stories