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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees not Interested in Indians’ Justin Masterson

July 29th, 2014 at 2:26 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees' search for starting pitching won't include Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson.

Masterson has been drawing plenty of trade interest in recent days with the Indians looking to move him. In return, Cleveland would like to get their hands on some young pitchers who are under team control.

Who isn't looking for that?

Joe Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees don't have Masterson on their radar:

However, when I checked with the Yankees he was not on their radar, though they continue to look for a starter upgrade on at least Chris Capuano.

In 2014, Masterson is pitching to a 4-6 record while sporting an ugly 5.51 ERA. It's easily the worst season of his career, although many have blamed his struggles on a knee injury. In 2013, Masterson was much better after going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA.

Masterson is coming off a 15-day disabled list stint with that knee issue and will be activated on Friday versus the Texas Rangers. That means he will fail to make his next start before the trade deadline passes, thus forcing teams to take a big risk on him. He's set to become a free agent in 2015, as well.

Because of that kind of uncertainty around the 29-year-old, he doesn't have much value on the trade market, unless it's through the waiver process.

The Yankees are smart to pass on such a conquest. Considering his numbers are worse than every other starting pitcher the Yanks are sending out there and Masterson has yet to prove his knee is OK, it would be pointless to trade away any kind of young talent for the right-hander.

Nothing to see here.


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