– The Indians have declined OF Grady Sizemore’s $9M option for 2012, and have exercised HRP Fausto Carmona’s $7M option. Sizemore, 29, batted just .224/.285/.442 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 71 games this season. With his health always in question, there’s no guarantee that he returns to his previous All-Star form. Look for a number of teams to offer incentive-based bids. Carmona posted a poor 5.25 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 32 starts this season, but should be able to bounce back from an off-season.
– Rockies’ OF Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) estimates that he is “70%” recovered. CarGo was plagued by the wrist issue for most of the 2011 season’s second half. He still batted .295/.363/.526 with 26 home runs, 92 RBI and 20 stolen bases, but the 25-year-old has a much higher ceiling than that. He should be back to 100% well before the start of spring training.
– According to F4WO, WWE officials have reportedly decided on locations for WrestleMania 29 in 2013 and WrestleMania 30 in 2014. Two venues that WWE has been strongly considering for upcoming WrestleManias include Toronto’s Skydome (site of WrestleManias VI and X8) as well as Arlington, Texas’ Cowboys Stadium, which could seat over 100,000 fans. It’s worth noting that during the DX reunion that took place prior to a recent SmackDown taping from Texas, Shawn Michaels and Triple H teased that Cowboys Stadium would be a great place to host WWE’s flagship event.
Some are expecting New York City’s Madison Square Garden to host WrestleMaina 30 in 2014, but with WWE running stadiums since WrestleMania 23, its up in the air a to whether WWE would go back to an arena that houses less than 20,000 fans, even for a big anniversary show. Officials have briefly discussed locations for WrestleMania 31 (2015) and WrestleMania 32 in (2016) – and will get more serious about those plans in early 2012.
– One of the shows confirmed for the upcoming WWE Network is “WWE Divas: Heels On Wheels” – a reality-based road trip show where cameras will follow the divas traveling the country. There is said to be a lot of interest among the divas – with most wanting to be featured on the show due to the amount of exposure they think it will bring them.
– After WWE recently registered a new trademark for the name “WWE Supercharge,” the show will either be for the new 30-minute pre-show that would air before RAW each week or another new show on the WWE Network.
– Senators’ F Daniel Alfredsson (concussion-like symptoms) remains out indefinitely.
– Cowboys’ ILB Sean Lee (right wrist) may have suffered a dislocated right wrist in Sunday night’s loss to the Eagles. Lee left with a cast after initial X-rays came back negative, but is set for more testing. Lee leads the Cowboys in tackles with 50 and also has three interceptions as their top coverage linebacker.
– One Lions’ defender made a rather harsh comment towards Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow and his team’s 45-10 loss yesterday. He said,
“Can you believe ’15’? Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’ ”
In addition, the CFL’s BC Lions’ WR Geroy Simon went to Twitter regarding Tebow too:
The Broncos are letting the @timtebow flame burn out. See you in the @CFL in 2 yrs homie!
– Coyotes’ F Raffi Torres and his wife dressed up as Jay-Z and Beyonce for Halloween, sparking a racism controversy. His team released the following statement:
“There was absolutely nothing racist about Raffi and his wife’s costumes. Raffi is a huge fan of Jay Z and his wife loves Beyonce. It was a Halloween party. The fact that this was reported is ridiculous. We will have no further comment.”
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