The Cleveland Indians and ace right-hander Justin Masterson managed to succesffully avoided a mid-day plane trip to Florida, agreeing to terms on a one-year, arbitration-avoiding deal. Take it away, boys…
Source: Indians have an agreement on a 1-year deal with Masterson. More soon on http://t.co/SSqu0Zd4vR.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 18, 2014
Indians and Masterson agree to one year deal avoiding arbitration
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) February 18, 2014
Masterson gets $9.7625M, below midpoint. #indians
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 18, 2014
Recall, the Indians and Masterson filed arbitration values that were vastly different—the team submitted a $8.05 million one-year bid; Masterson, conversely, asked for $11.8 million. MLB Trade Rumors (correctly) estimated that he would receive $9.7 million, proving once again that web-dwelling writers know more than anyone1.
In 2013, the Giant Jamaican posted a 14-10 record and 3.29 ERA in 32 games (29 starts). Masterson is slated to be a free agent following the conclusion of the 2014 season and has, thus far, been unable to come to terms on a multi-year deal with the Indians’ front office. Both sides have said they’re open to a long-term deal, but as Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group writes, “it’s believed those talks have gained little, if any, traction.” If you ask our own Jacob, this may not be such a bad thing.
Image via Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer
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