Indians, Masterson Closing In On One-Year Deal To Avoid Arbitration

The Indians and Justin Masterson are making progress on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, the right-hander told reporters, including's Jordan Bastian (Twitter link). Masterson said that the two sides are "really close" to an agreement, and he's hopeful that he won't need to catch a flight to attend his arbitration hearing.

Masterson, Homer Bailey and Brandon Belt are the only remaining players whose arbitration cases have not been solved. Bailey is said to be nearing a six-year, $100MM deal with Cincinnati, but Masterson and the Indians don't sind like they'll be striking such a pact. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings with 9.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 58 percent ground-ball rate that led all qualified big league starters. He filed for an $11.8MM salary while the Indians filed at $8.05MM, as can be seen in MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker.

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9 Comments on "Indians, Masterson Closing In On One-Year Deal To Avoid Arbitration"

1 year 6 months ago

I figured they could get a Masterson extension done for 6 years/$66MM w/ 2014 valued at $8.5MM.

2014: $8.5MM
2015: $9.5MM
2016: $10.5MM
2017: $11.5MM
2018: $12.5MM
2019: $13.5MM

Please don’t tell me people believe Masterson can get a 5-6 year deal in the $100MM range or something. C’mon. SOMEONE has to be had at a ‘reasonable’ price, even in this inflated market.

1 year 6 months ago

Baseball needs a salary cap, now. The playing field needs to be completely level, for all 30 MLB teams. Buying championships should not be allowed. Also, the city of Detroit is bankrupt, but the Tigers have close to 200 M, unacceptable.

1 year 6 months ago

So are you suggesting the Tigers give money to the city instead of trying to field a winning ball club?

Cannon Fodder
1 year 6 months ago

Apparently I am dense. How (or why) are the finances of the city of Detroit and the Detroit Tigers related?