The two sides narrowly avoided arbitration last month. That one-year deal worth $9.7625 million will take the soon-to-be 29-year-old into free agency this winter.
Source: Extension talks between Masterson, #Indians have broken off. Free agency at end of season appears likely.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 21, 2014
Negotiations between the #Indians and Justin Masterson are over.
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 21, 2014
For weeks, we have seen rumors of Masterson’s eager willingness to sign a purported short-term, team-friendly deal to stay in Cleveland. Terms were reportedly in three-year $52 million range, as Rosenthal reported.
Masterson was 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 32 games (29 starts) last season for the 92-win Indians. We’ll certainly have more on this story on Friday. Stay tuned for our thoughts.