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Diamondbacks “talking about” Indians’ Justin Masterson

Dec 10, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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Now that the Diamondbacks have found their coveted power bat in Mark Trumbo, the club’s offseason focus has shifted to starting pitching.

David Price of the Rays, Chris Sale of the White Sox and Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs are some of the names that have been frequently suggested, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Snakes are also “talking about” the Indians’ Justin Masterson.

Masterson finished the 2013 season with a superb 3.45 ERA and he fanned 195 batters in 193 innings. Control is still an issue for the big 28-year-old, but he’s durable and boasts top-end-starter potential.

Masterson is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. He can become a free agent next winter.

  1. thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    All this and they’ll stick suck.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Duh….still suck.

  2. hildezero - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    YOU suck. You can’t even spell right. Duh. XD Besides, you know they were good and gonna be better. You’re just butt hurt, that’s why decided to read the article and wanna down talk as much possible.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Oh man….I’ve been told off, seventh-grade style!

      • tuberippin - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        “Mortal Kombat for Sega Genesis is the best game ever.”

        “I disagree; it’s a very good game, but I think Donkey Kong is the best game ever.”

        “Donkey Kong sucks!”

        “You know somethin’? YOU suck.”

  3. plmathfoto - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Didn’t he get injured towards the end of the year and came back and they had him in the bullpen? Just saying a bit of an injury risk, right? (this was after reading durable et al in the story)

  4. ckhoss29 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    He had a strained oblique. He was in the pen because they didn’t have time to build back innings. About as durable a pitcher as you’ll find.

  5. stephenolszewski - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    As a tribe fan I’ll be bummed to see Masterson go Indians tried to make him and ace when in reality he’s a 2 or 3 but always stepped up when he was needed Masty fan for life.

  6. Kevin Gillman - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    D-Backs are not a good fit though, especially since they traded Tyler Skaggs earlier, unless they want to give us Paul Goldschmidt, which I know what happened. Masterson is staying, and Indians are better with him anyway than without. If they deal him, it has to make sense, and this does not.

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