Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/31/11
The Cleveland Indians shook up their roster Monday, declining the option on outfielder Grady Sizemore while bolstering their starting rotation with the acquisition of Derek Lowe from Atlanta.

The oft-injured Sizemore was slated to make $9 million next season. The 29-year-old batted just .224 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 71 games with the Indians last season.

Cleveland received a bargain with the arrival of Lowe, with the Braves reportedly set to pay $10 million of the $15 million owed to the 38-year-old in 2012.

Lowe is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, going 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA over 34 starts.

Cleveland also exercised the $7 million contract option on righthander Fausto Carmona. The 27-year-old was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts last season.
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