The Cleveland Indians’ season isn’t going according to plan I wouldn’t say. At the same time when they failed to reach a deal with Masterson and pay him as much money as he wanted to be paid, maybe they knew what they were doing. Masterson has struggled mightily this season – his last under contract with the Indians. Masterson was thought to be seeking $17 million per season from the Indians before talks broke off. Now, as Justin Masterson works a rehab assignment in Columbus, the Indians are reportedly “very willing” to trade him.
Sources: Indians very willing to move Justin Masterson. FA to be due back Friday from DL. Looking for young, controllable starting pitching.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2014
So maybe the Indians were right not to pay Justin Masterson. Maybe it was part of a self-fulfilling prophecy though. We’ll never know of course. What we do know is that the Indians are looking smart today at the expense of looking good in their quest to make it two years in a row in the playoffs.
Maybe it’s not fair to reduce the Tribe’s situation to that, especially as they’re only 3.5 games out of the wild card. Let’s just say that I find it very difficult to feel confident the way this season has unfolded with the team.