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Report: Indians “very willing” to trade Justin Masterson

Jul 28, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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The Indians are still alive in the playoff hunt — in fact, they are just 3 1/2 games back in the hyper-competitive AL Wild Card race at the start of tonight’s action — but Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that they are “very willing to move” right-hander Justin Masterson in a potential trade.

Masterson has been sidelined since July 7 due to right knee inflammation, but he’s due to be activated for a start this Friday against the Rangers. Of course, the non-waiver trade deadline is this Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, so that complicates things a little bit, but doesn’t necessarily rule anything out before then. Deals can still get done in August too, but the process is trickier.

Masterson, an impending free agent, has posted a disappointing 5.51 ERA and 93/56 K/BB ratio in 98 innings across 18 starts this season. The Indians are said to be looking for “young, controllable starting pitching” in return.

  1. largebill - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Um, not sure if Shapiro or Antonetti get the concept of selling high, but time to sell Masterson passed 4 months ago. At this point not getting much of anything for him.

    • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Yes, because teams always trade their reigning number one pitcher after 90 win, playoff seasons. They never try to resign them. Hindsight is always 20/20.

      • largebill - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        Not saying they should have traded him in Spring training, just making case that it is foolish to even talk about it now that he is hurt and performing poorly.

      • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        I think there’s little to no chance that he resigns with the Indians after this year. As such, I’d like to see the team either get what they can for him if it’s decent, or give him a qualifying offer after the season (which, if his demands from earlier in the season are any indication, he won’t accept) to get draft pick compensation from the team that eventually signs him.

        And while we’re at, why not try to trade Cabrera or do the same with the qualifying offer for him. Lindor/Ramirez are ready and provide good to great defense, something the team hasn’t had since (gasp) peralta left.

  2. icanspeel - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Sounds tempting.. sign a pitcher who is a pending free agent having a down year on the disabled list. Teams must be beating down the Indians door.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    He will obviously be placed on waivers in August.

  4. dannymac17 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    im “very willing” to start dating jessica alba, doesnt mean i will

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