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Cleveland Indians, Justin Masterson Agree to One-Year Deal to Avoid Arbitration

February 18th, 2014 at 3:35 PM
By Cody Dalga

Just a day after losing free agent Ubaldo Jimenez to free agency, the Cleveland Indians locked up starting pitcher Justin Masterson for at least another year after they agreed to a one-year deal worth $9.7625 million.

'Justin Masterson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/The deal helped the Indians and Masterson avoid an arbitration hearing set for Thursday. Before the deal, the two parties were far from a deal with Masterson seeking $11.8 million, while the Indians countered with $8.05 million.

There was a possibility of a long-term deal over the winter, however nothing came of it. Masterson will become a free agent following next season.

"We've got plenty of time to work on anything like that," Masterson said. "It's just working through it, what the value is, what's reasonable pay, how things work. It's a different system, especially when you've got to be really smart about how you move your money around and you want to make sure you're making a good investment.

The 29-year old won 14 games last season while posting a 3.45 ERA over 32 total appearances. He set a career high in strikeout (193) and finished the season with three complete game shutouts. He also made his first career All-Star Game  with the Indians last season. 
Tags: Baseball, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, Justin Masterson, MLB

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