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Indians and Justin Masterson will discuss a multi-year contract extension before arbitration

Jan 10, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

Justin Masterson

Indians starter Justin Masterson will file for salary arbitration on Tuesday in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. Paul Hoynes of The Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians and Masterson will discuss a multi-year extension in the days leading up to the official filing of arbitration figures.

Masterson, who turns 29 years old in March, has been inconsistent throughout his career, but has shown plenty of promise. He finished 2013 with a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings and notched three shut-outs, leading the American League. Matt Swartz’s arbitration model at MLB Trade Rumors projected Masterson to get between $9 and $10 million, and Tim Dierkes also of MLBTR suggests that an extension would cost the Indians between $13 and $17 million per season, likely over five years.

Since 2010, Masterson’s 57.1 percent ground ball rate ranks sixth in the Majors among qualified starters, trailing Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Jake Westbrook, Trevor Cahill, and Aaron Cook. As such, he benefits from having a solid infield defense. The Indians had one of the worst defenses in baseball in 2013, according to FanGraphs, and are returning the same cast of characters for the most part in 2014.

  1. jeffkx - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Indians fan here. I put the chances of this happening at 5%. Hope I’m wrong though.

  2. Kevin Gillman - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I think the Indians need to take a chance, if they are willing to pay Ubaldo $14 million, then surely they can do the same for Justin.

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