AUGUST 19: Boston has requested release waivers on Masterson, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe tweets. As Speier notes, that represents the first decision of Dave Dombrowski’s tenure with the club.
AUGUST 9: The Red Sox have designated Justin Masterson for assignment, Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal tweets. Masterson was among several Red Sox players placed on revocable waivers last week, but there were no takers for the hurler.
Masterson is earning $9.5MM in 2015 after inking a one-year deal with Boston back in December. The 30-year-old fell off significantly last year after a three-year run in which he averaged 205 frames and a 3.86 ERA (that included outstanding campaigns in 2011 and 2013 sandwiched around a dud in 2012). In 2014, he scuffled to a 5.88 ERA in 128 2/3 innings last year, striking out 8.1 and walking 4.8 batters per nine while dealing with a variety of shoulder, knee, and back issues.
After injuries held him back, Masterson settled for a one-year deal rather than the long-term deal he probably envisioned for himself. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get back on track in 2015 to reassert his value. Back in June, he admitted that he was open to a trade if it meant starting elsewhere.
“I dont know if it’s in my nature to do that, to say, ‘Beat it guys, trade me or put me in [the rotation],’” he said. “No, I don’t think that’s the time right now. Especially the way I see this team going and the way I believe in this team too.”
In nine starts and eight relief appearances this season, Masterson owns a 5.55 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9. To keep track of Masterson and everyone else in DFA limbo, check out MLBTR’s DFA Tracker.