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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: Cleveland | College: San Diego State | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,687,500 | Owned/Started%: 92/50 | Average Draft Position: 127.59
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Justin Masterson struggles in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson couldn't complete five innings in a no-decision Saturday, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 12-6 win over the White Sox.

Masterson was given a 3-0 lead after the top of the first but promptly squandered it, giving up four runs in the bottom of the inning. He then surrendered a second-inning solo home run before a bases-loaded ground out scored another run in the sixth. Masterson owns a 5.87 ERA and 15:9 K:BB ratio after the rocky start. He'll likely take on the Tigers in Detroit Thursday.


Justin Masterson escapes rough outing with no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson endured a rough outing on Sunday, but escaped with a no-decision in a 10-7 defeat to the Twins.

Masterson was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3 2/3 innings pitched. He has allowed five earned runs over 10 2/3 innings pitched in two starts.

Masterson will look to get back on track Friday against the White Sox in Chicago.

Justin Masterson tosses seven scoreless innings in opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson surrendered just three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out four Monday, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's 2-0 win over the A's on Opening Day.

Masterson enjoyed a great spring, giving up three earned runs in 24 2/3 innings while striking out 25. He pitched even better Monday. Last season, he gave up just one earned run in 22 innings over his first three regular-season starts, and he'll look to stay strong when he faces the Twins Sunday.


Justin Masterson strikes out five in final spring outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson allowed just one earned run on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 10-3 win over the Brewers Wednesday.

Masterson caps off an impressive spring with another strong performance, and he finishes the exhibition season with a 1.09 ERA and 25:6 K:BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. Considering the team wasn't able to come to terms with Masterson on an extension this spring, he's primed to enjoy a big payday on the free market if he can turn in a quality season.


Justin Masterson strikes out six in win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson surrendered two earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 14-3 win over the Rockies Friday.

Masterson hadn't been scored upon in 13 innings entering Friday's game, in which he gave up a single run in the second inning and another run in the fifth. He owns a 0.95 ERA and 20:4 K:BB ratio in 19 innings this spring.


GM confirms break-off of talks with Justin Masterson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has ruled out a contract extension for ace Justin Masterson "in the short term," WTAM-1100 has reported. That does not bode well for the possibility of keeping the right-hander, who seems destined for free agency after this season.

Masterson has reportedly asked for $17 million a season in a two or three-year deal, but the team might believe has not proven himself worthy of it. Masterson has traded good seasons with bad, thogh he is coming off a year in which he boasted a 14-10 record with a 3.45 ERA.

He owns a career record of 53-63, which includes a 44-55 mark in Cleveland.


Justin Masterson, Indians can't find common ground in negotiations


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) The Indians finally got back to starter Justin Masterson about his contract offers, but the sides were unable to find a middle ground in negotiations for the impending free agent.

According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the Indians responded to Masterson's offers with one of their own, but the numbers were hardly close enough to get the deal done. According to the report, the two sides ended up around $3 million per year apart when negotiations broke off.

Masterson offered the Indians a pair of deals, believed to be for two and three years at around $17 million per season. The team responded with a counter offer worth $14 million per for two years, with a team option at the end. The Indians cited young players nearing arbitration as the reason they could not meet Masterson's requests.

"We tried to work with them and be flexible, and we tried to look at the situation given Justin's desire to play for the Indians," Masterson's agent Randy Rowley said. "We were happy to do something that made sense. We tried to be flexible and sensitive."

Masterson is set to make $9.6 million in his final year before free agency. He posted a 3.45 ERA and made his first All-Star game a year ago, and has posted an ERA below 3.50 in two of his last three years. 


Justin Masterson still waiting for response on contract proposals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson still hasn't heard back from the team regarding the contract proposals he made a few weeks ago, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The proposals that Masterson put forth "are said to be pretty reasonable (or even very reasonable, according to one unbiased party familiar with the offers)." However, Masterson was still waiting for a response from the team as of Tuesday afternoon. The sides still have hope that a deal will be struck before the regular season starts.


Justin Masterson Ks eight, picks up second Cactus League win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Indians right-hander Justin Masterson picked up his second Cactus League win in a dominant outing against the Cubs on Sunday.

Masterson yielded two hits and struck out eight over five scoreless innings of work in a 3-2 win. He has not allowed a run over his first 13 innings pitched (three starts).

"Overall, decent command," Masterson said, MLB.com. "Sometimes a little effectively wild in the zone, but progressive. Moving along in the right direction."

Owner arrival could signal decision on Justin Masterson offer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The arrival of owner Paul Dolan at the Indians spring training camp Wednesday has some speculating that he will soon weigh in on contract negotiations involving ace right-hander Justin Masterson.

Masterson and his agent reportedly pushed forth an offer to sign for between three and four years for $40-60 million, according to various published reports. He can become a free agent after this season and is unlikely to continue negotiations past opening day unless strong progress is made.

He has yet to prove himself in back-to-back seasons, however, despite earning his third consecutive opening day nod in 2014. He peaked in 2013 by going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and giving up just 156 hits in 193 innings. He struck out a career-high 195.


Justin Masterson no-hits Diamondbacks for four innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson tossed four no-hit innings against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, striking out one and walking one in his team's 7-1 win.

Masterson also hit two batters in the hitless performance but has extended his scoreless streak to eight innings this spring while allowing only four hits and two walks to go with six strikeouts.

After the game, manager Terry Francona named Masterson the team's opening-day starter, which will be the third straight opening-day assignment for the right-hander.


Justin Masterson goes three scoreless Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson tossed three scoreless innings Thursday.

Masterson pitched around trouble in the first, getting out of a bases loaded jam with only one out. He struck out Welington Castillo and got Mike Olt to fly out to end the inning. He faced the minimum in the second, and allowed one single in the third. Masterson struck out three and walked one in the appearance. 

Masterson is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings.


Report: Justin Masterson seeks $40-60 million in multiyear deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) The extension proposal submitted by Indians pitcher Justin Masterson to the team is believed to be in the range of $40 million to $60 million for three-to-four years, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported earlier Tuesday that Masterson could be amenable to a three- or four-year deal on the right terms, and the Plain Dealer provided clearer details of the salary the pitcher is seeking. He's making $9,726,500 in his final year before reaching free agency.


Justin Masterson could be open to three-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson notified the team of his asking price during contract discussions this weekend and could be open to a three-year deal despite potentially being able to land a larger deal on the free-agent market, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The two sides aren't close to reaching an agreement on an extension, but the team is optimistic they could come to terms with Masterson before the end of spring training. He won't getting anything near the six-year, $105-million deal that Homer Bailey received from the Reds if he re-ups with Cleveland.


Rare Arizona rain changes Indians' plans


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) The Indians had to shuffle their pitching plans after Saturday's game against the White Sox was rained out. Aaron Harang is scheduled to pitch Sunday instead of Saturday, followed by Trevor Bauer according to MLB.com.

With both pitchers fighting for a spot in the rotation, the team wants to get them game action. Justin Masterson will be bumped to the back fields as a result, and he will throw in a simulated game. 


Justin Masterson tosses scoreless inning in debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson got just a bit of work in Thursday's spring training opener against the Reds. He tossed one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out two in a 12-3 win.

Masterson is expected to be the team's No. 1 starter again this year, coming off a season that saw him post a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings of work. 


Justin Masterson expresses optimism in contract talks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Indians pitcher Justin Masterson expressed some optimism concerning his contract talks, according to the Plain Dealer.

Masterson and the club are working on a long-term extension. He's set to become a free-agent at the end of the season. When asked about a long-term deal Thursday, Masterson sounded optimistic. "Somehow, I figure that somehow, someway I'll end up still being here for a few more years," Masterson said.

He posted a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings last year.


Homer Bailey deal could ensure Justin Masterson free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) The lucrative contract signed by Reds right-hander Homer Bailey might have sealed the fate of Indians ace Justin Masterson, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The two have recorded similar stats in recent years.

Bailey signed a six-year deal worth $105 million. Masterson avoided arbitration by accepting a one-year agreement for $9.76 million, but discussions on a long-term contract have not yielded success. He would seem to be destined for free agency after the 2014 season. The Indians are unlikely to match the years or money the Reds gave Bailey.


Justin Masterson gets one-year deal from Indians


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) The Indians have avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Justin Masterson by agreeing to a one-year deal, according to MLB.com. The deal is reportedly worth $9.76 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Justin Masterson not allowing negotiations to affect him


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) Indians ace Justin Masterson has taken his typical easygoing approach to what appear to be failing contract negotiations that are destined to result in arbitration on Feb. 20 and free agency after this season.

"It's a difficult, challenging and yet a fun part of the game," he told MLB.com. "It's different. We're working with the businessmen and having some fun with that. You're trying not to be too stubborn in your own right, but know that you're trying to work for something fair and true."

Masterson and the Indians are nearly $4 million apart on a 2014 salary.


Report: Justin Masterson, Indians not talking


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Indians appear destined to go to arbitration with ace right-hander Justin Masterson. Talks about a long-term deal have not only broken off, but so have discussions on a one-year contract that would avoid arbitration, which is set for Feb. 20, according to SB Network.

Masterson is slated for free agency after the 2014 season. He is asking for $11.8 million while the Tribe has countered at $8.05 million. The difference is the widest among arbitration cases in baseball this offseason.

The 28-year-old Masterson has traded good seasons with bad ones since assuming a starting role with Cleveland in 2010. But he peaked last year with a 14-10 record and 3.45 ERA. He gave up just 156 hits in 193 innings and shattered his career high in strikeouts with 195.


Justin Masterson OK with in-season contract negotiations


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson, who will be a free agent after the season, said he is still open to discussing a long-term deal during spring training, according to MLB.com. He also hasn't ruled out having contract talks during the season, if necessary.

Indians not currently shopping Justin Masterson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Indians are not engaged in active conversations to trade starting pitcher Justin Masterson, sources told FOX Sports. Masterson, who recently tabled talks about a multi-year contract extension, will be a free agent after the 2014 season.

Indians, Justin Masterson put extension talks on hold


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) The Indians and pitcher Justin Masterson have tabled multiyear extension talks to concentrate on a one-year deal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The two sides exchanged arbitration figures earlier in January, with Masterson seeking $11.8 million and the Indians offering $8.05 million. If a deal cannot be worked out, an arbitration hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20. Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 195:76 K:BB ratio in 193 innings last season.


Indians, Justin Masterson exchange arbitration figures


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Indians and pitcher Justin Masterson exchanged salary figures Friday, with Masterson seeking $11.8 million and the team offering $8.05 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Masterson is in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 195:76 K:BB ratio in 193 innings last season.