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Indians, Justin Masterson avoid arbitration with a one-year deal

Feb 18, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians and Justin Masterson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.7625 million contract. This was a last minute deal, as both sides were about to fly to Florida for their arbitration this afternoon.

Masterson requested $11.8 million and was offered $8.05 million from the Indians when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled for a little under the midpoint. This is Masterson’s walk year, and thus his last time through the arbitration rodeo.

Last season the Indians Opening Day starter went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 32 games.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    As the piece says slightly below the midway point between the 2 proposals. Now the task for the Indians is to see if they can sign Masterson to a long term deal. Never losing sight of what the Reds and Bailey are looking at in the way of an extension.

  2. kwjsb - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Jobu rains smiles down on the north coast

  3. bluebirds987 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    1-year deals seem to be getting more and more digits after the decimal place. Do players and agents think it looks like so much more money with each number added on the end? How long before someone signs a deal worth $7.564985?

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