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63 Justin Masterson SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/250 | Birthdate: 3/22/1985 | Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: San Diego State | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 36/12 | Average Draft Position: 128.31

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Report: Tigers, White Sox show interest in Justin Masterson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) The Tigers and White Sox have joined the Royals, Twins and Cubs as teams to show interest in free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson's agent is scheduled to meet with teams over Thanksgiving weekend. The pitcher struggled in 2014, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 25 starts.


Justin Masterson looking to sign short-term deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Free agent starting pitcher Justin Masterson, who is coming off a down season in 2014, expressed interest Thursday in signing a short-term deal, according to MLB Network Radio. Despite his struggles last season, Masterson indicated he is receiving plenty of interest.

"It's been high," he said. "Everyone is going to call to inquire to take a look at the medicals and what took place in 2014.

"I'm looking for something short-term. One- or two-year deals. The money is the money, I just want to go out and have fun again."


Marlins considering Justin Masterson, Jason Hammel


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Marlins are considering Justin Masterson and Jason Hammel, according to the Miami Herald

Hammel posted a 3.47 ERA over 176 1/3 innings split between the Cubs and A's. Masterson put up a 5.88 ERA over 128 2/3 innings with Cleveland and St. Louis. 


Report: Justin Masterson drawing plenty of interest in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Starting pitcher Justin Masterson is drawing a lot of interest in free agency, despite coming off a down season, according to ESPN. Teams are considering Masterson as a potential bounce-back candidate and looking to sign him to a one- or two-year deal.

Masterson struggled in 2014 as he was dealing with rib, knee and shoulder injuries. He expects to be at full health in spring training.

The Twins, Red Sox, Braves, Royals, Cubs and Giants are among teams believed to have shown interest in Masterson, who went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 28 appearances (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals in 2014. He was an All-Star and had a career-high 14 wins in 2013.


Indians considering Justin Masterson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Indians are considering a reunion with pitcher Justin Masterson, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

Masterson opened the year as the team's ace, but was dealt to St. Louis by midseason. Cleveland reportedly offered Masterson an extension worth $45 million last season, but he declined that deal. Masterson posted a 5.88 ERA over 128 2/3 innings last year.


Report: Red Sox one of 'many' teams interested in Justin Masterson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Red Sox are one of "many" teams that have contacted Justin Masterson's camp, according to ESPN on Monday. The Cardinals acquired Masterson from the Indians late in the season, and after earning $9.7625 million in 2014, he's now a free agent. Masterson went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA and a 4.50 FIP over 128 2/3 innings of work between his stint with Cleveland and St. Louis.

Justin Masterson gets moved to the 'pen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Cardinals have demoted pitcher Justin Masterson to the bullpen for the final month of the season, MLB.com reports. He allowed four-plus runs in five of his first six starts with his new club. He owns a 6.03 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP on the year.

Cardinals mulling SP options for Thursday's game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny didn't commit to Justin Masterson making his next start Thursday against the Brewers. In fact, he hinted Marco Gonzales and Tyler Lyons could be the leading candidates to start Thursday, per MLB.com.

"(Marco is) a possibility. Tyler (is) a possibility. Justin's a possibility. We'll see," Matheny said. "We've talked a lot about this stuff. It just hasn't been talked about with everybody else, and this isn't the time or place to start making those statements. We just want to put the guy out there that's going to give us the best chance to win. It's going to be how it matches up with other teams and how they look. We'll be willing to make that statement soon, just not right now."


Justin Masterson rocked by Cubs as struggles continue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Slumping Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson made some mechanical adjustments in the time since his last start, but they did not appear to do much, as he struggled yet again in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs Saturday.

The Cubs got to Masterson in the second inning for one run, but things came apart in the fourth inning. Masterson was tagged for a pair of solo home runs in the fourth, followed by one in the fifth before he was listed, after allowing five runs on six hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five batters on 82 pitches in the loss.

The Cardinals acquired Masterson in July with the intention of making him a reclamation project, but that has not worked out so far. He has a 7.90 ERA in six starts since joining the Cardinals, and his rotation spot no longer appears assured. His next start is currently scheduled for Thursday in Milwaukee. 


Searching for answers, Justin Masterson to pitch out of stretch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson is looking for a solution to his ongoing woes, and he told the St. Louis Dispatch his next start will feature a drastic change.

After trying it out during a bullpen session Wednesday, Masterson told reporters he will pitch exclusively out of the stretch in his start against the Cubs. The decision comes after Masterson has allowed 19 runs in his first 23 innings since the Cardinals acquired him, and the hope is that simplifying his deliver will lead to better results.

"For the most part, I was pitching out of the windup, and things would get better out of the stretch at times," Masterson said. "So we simplified it. I went only out of the stretch (in the bullpen). Less moving parts. You don't have to worry about step back, turn around, ready to throw."

Masterson feels like he can pitch out of the stretch without sacrificing velocity or overall effectiveness. He has struggled mightily with out of the stretch this season, however, allowing a .312/.414/.455 line with runners on base. 


Justin Masterson lasts three innings in loss vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson took a loss Sunday, giving up five earned runs on six hits and two walks in just three innings while striking out three in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Phillies.

Masterson (6-8) didn't toss one scoreless frame before being removed from the game, and he's now surrendered at least four earned runs in four of his first five starts with his new team. He owns a 5.88 ERA and 110:66 K:BB ratio in 121 innings. Masterson is scheduled to face the Cubs Saturday.


Justin Masterson has a tough start Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cardinals running back Justin Masterson had a tough start Monday against the Reds.

Masterson allowed four runs on five hits over five innings of work. He struck out five and walked two. Masterson performed well early, going four scoreless innings to open the game. Things fell apart in the fifth. Masterson led off the inning giving up two straight doubles and a walk. He was able to get a groundout at that point, but surrendered a three-run blast to Jay Bruce in the next at-bat. Masterson threw 90 pitches during the start.

The Cardinals managed to battle back, giving Masterson a no-decision. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start. 


Justin Masterson fantastic against the Marlins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson turned in a fantastic start against the Marlins Wednesday.

Masterson tossed seven scoreless innings of work, giving up just three hits. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Masterson faced the minimum of three batters in all but three innings. He never allowed a running to advance to second base during the start. With the win, Masterson improved to 6-7 on the year. He'll take on the Reds in his next start.


Teammate shows confidence in Justin Masterson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson has not pitched particularly well in his first two starts since his acquisition from Cleveland, going 1-1 with an 11.25 ERA.

However, teammate Adam Wainwright has a good feeling Masterson will have a strong outing Wednesday at Miami.

"I saw his bullpen session and he looked like the old Masty," Wainwright told MLB Network Radio. "I think he'll be really good tonight vs. Marlins."


Justin Masterson: Bullpen work creating more confidence


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Struggling Cardinals right-hander Justin Masterson believes his recent work on mechanical issues with coaches will translate into more success on the mound, beginning Wednesday night in Miami.

He might need a strong outing to maintain a rotation spot for a team in the midst of a playoff push. He has yielded 10 runs on 14 hits and six walks in eight innings in two starts for St. Louis since the trade that dispatched him from Cleveland. He was knocked out after two innings in his last start and is 5-7 with a 5.94 ERA on the year.

"This is what we've been trying to do all year, and I'm feeling a little more confident about the ability to have success," Masterson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's a tough time in the season for it."

Masterson criticized the release on his sinker after his last start. He claimed it was flattening out because he was trying to force velocity and movement. Coming off a knee injury, he might have altered his approach.


Justin Masterson records six outs in loss vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson was chased in the third inning of Friday's loss, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in two-plus innings and striking out two in his team's 12-2 defeat against the Orioles.

Masterson (5-7) gave up four runs in the second inning, with three coming on a home run. He then allowed another home run to the leadoff hitter in the third and loaded the bases before being pulled, but no further damage was done in the inning. Masterson owns a 5.94 ERA and 99:62 K:BB ratio in 106 innings, and he's surrendered five earned runs in five of his last seven starts. He's slated to face the Marlins Wednesday.


Justin Masterson not sharp in win over Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Newly-acquired Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson (5-6) was not at his best in his St. Louis debut, but did enough for the win Saturday night against the Brewers. The right-hander yielded five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings of a 9-7 victory.

Masterson has allowed five earned runs in three of his last four starts. He owns a 5.63 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP over 20 starts (104 innings). His next start will come Friday at Baltimore.

John Lackey, Justin Masterson added to roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Cardinals officially added newly acquired pitchers Justin Masterson and John Lackey to the active roster Friday, after trading for both in recent days.

Masterson is expected to make his first start Saturday against the Brewers, while Lackey's turn in the rotation has not been determined yet.  


Justin Masterson worth a gamble for NL-only owners


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/30/2014) Justin Masterson's move from the Indians to the Cardinals by way of Wednesday's trade isn't likely to do much for his Fantasy value on its own. He will inherit a better pitcher's park, but that shouldn't impact the 29-year-old sinkerballer much.

Masterson also moves to the more pitcher-friendly league, but that effect will likely be neutralized by getting a new team that is far less likely to offer run support. The Cardinals rank second-to-last in runs scored this season, while the Indians currently rank sixth.

The trade itself does nothing to make Masterson more desirable to owners in mixed leagues, though he is still worth stashing at least in deeper formats in the event that he rediscovers his early-season form. While Masterson has only shown brief flashes of the potential he showed last season, he had been decent through his first eight starts of 2014, going 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. A mediocre WHIP is pretty much a given with Masterson, but as long as it's not awful, he can be worth starting. Even during the awful weeks leading up to his disabled list stint, Masterson was getting strikeouts, and with a high ground ball rate, he offers the promise of a low ERA.

In the 11 starts prior to his DL trip, Masterson walked 36 batters in 49 innings. If those control issues were at all related to his knee injury, the Cardinals -- and Fantasy owners -- could enjoy a version of Masterson that is more like what we saw earlier this year or maybe even last year, assuming he is healthier now.

For that reason, he is worth a bid or waiver pickup in NL-only leagues. Masterson offers enough downside that you don't want to clean out your FAAB account to get him. In the event that Jon Lester or John Lackey crosses over to the senior circuit, you want to preserve most of your cash. Still, Masterson is worth a $5-to-$10 bid in a $100 FAAB league in the hopes that he turns his season around.


Justin Masterson to make St. Louis debut on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Just-acquired right-hander Justin Masterson is set to make his first start with the Cardinals on Saturday against Milwaukee.

Masterson, who is on the disabled list with a knee issue, has struggled in his rehab stint with Triple-A Buffalo. He gave up seven earned runs in 11 2/3 innings with eight walks. His decreased velocity this season has been a concern.


Cardinals acquire Justin Masterson from Indians


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Cardinals have acquired pitcher Justin Masterson from the Indians Wednesday, according baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

Masterson has struggled to the tune of a 5.51 ERA in 98 innings for the Indians this season, and is currently sidelined by a knee injury. He was expected to return from the disabled list Friday for the Indians, and will likely slot into the Cardinals rotation at some point in the coming days.

Masterson had a 3.45 ERA last season, but has struggled badly with his control in 2014. He already has walked 56 batters in 98 innings, after walking 76 a year ago in 193 innings. 


Report: Indians willing to listen to offers for Justin Masterson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Indians are willing to trade starting pitcher Justin Masterson, sources told Yahoo! Sports. The team is in the market for a starting pitcher with arbitration years left in exchange for Masterson, who is due back Friday from a knee injury.

Justin Masterson scheduled to return Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday against the Rangers, MLB.com reports. Masterson is working his way back from a knee injury. He owns a 5.40 ERA through two rehab starts (11 2/3 innings) with Triple-A Columbus.

Justin Masterson struggles with control during rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson struggled with his control during a rehab start Friday.

Masterson allowed five runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked six during the outing. Masterson loaded the bases prior to leaving the game. All three runs would come around to score, making his line look worse. Masterson is attempting to come back from a knee injury.


Report: Rival teams showing interest in Justin Masterson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Indians have been contacted by rival clubs interested in pitcher Justin Masterson before the July 31 trade deadline, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson has been on the disabled list since July 8 because of right knee soreness. He went 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts before the injury. He will make his second minor-league rehab start Friday at Triple-A Columbus.

"We told him to get after it. We think that would be good for him. Just to get after it, let it fly and see how far he could carry that into the game," manager Terry Francona said.