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  1. What are the Indians thinking with Justin Masterson?

    Mar 21, 2014, 1:40 PM EST

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    The word was that Justin Masterson was asking for a three-year deal valued at less than the $17.5 million Homer Bailey received. What’s more, that he was willing to take a 2-3 year contract too. Which, for a front-line starter, is insanely reasonable. But, as reported last night, the Indians weren’t willing to go that high…

  2. 2014 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Did the Indians lose too much pitching? After four consecutive losing seasons the Indians…

  3. Report: Indians and Justin Masterson break off extension talks

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:59 PM EST

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    The odds of the Indians reaching a contract extension with right-hander Justin Masterson appeared favorable earlier this month, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that talks have broken off. Exact terms of Masterson’s demands aren’t known, but Rosenthal hears that he was believed to be asking for a three-year deal valued at less than…

  4. Justin Masterson named Indians’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 11, 2014, 9:40 PM EST

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    The Indians announced Tuesday, via Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that right-hander Justin Masterson will start for the club on Opening Day against the Athletics. That game is scheduled for Monday, March 31 at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum. It was an easy decision for the Tribe, who will likely follow Masterson this season with…

  5. UPDATE: Justin Masterson wants $40-60 million over three or four years

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:30 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Masterson and his agent have made a three-to-four-year proposal to the Indians which is believed to be in the $40-60 million range. They are currently waiting to hear back from the team, but the request sounds pretty reasonable. 8:51 p.m. ET: Justin Masterson can become…

  6. Justin Masterson is still discussing an extension with the Indians

    Feb 27, 2014, 6:29 PM EST

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    Justin Masterson avoided arbitration with the Indians last week by agreeing to a one-year, $9.7625 million contract, but today he told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the two sides remain in touch about a possible contract extension. Masterson has the ability to become a free agent after this season, but he expressed…

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

    Feb 18, 2014, 3:04 PM EST

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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…

  8. Report: Reds are “getting close” on a nine-figure extension with Homer Bailey

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:05 PM EST

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with the report: Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 17, 2014 Previous reports had indicated that there was an “enormous gap” in negotiations between the Reds and…

  9. Indians, Justin Masterson table extension talks, now focusing on one-year deal

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:18 PM EST

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    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians and right-hander Justin Masterson have put extension talks on hold and are now focusing on a one-year deal in advance of an arbitration hearing on February 20. Masterson, who is due to hit free agency next offseason, requested $11.8 million and was offered $8.05…

  10. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

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

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:05 PM EST

    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…

  12. Indians, Justin Masterson both receptive to contract extension

    Dec 28, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

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    In today’s mailbag column, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that both the Indians and starter Justin Masterson appear to be receptive to the idea of a contract extension. Masterson, who turns 29 in March, is eligible for arbitration for the third time and can become a free agent after the 2014 season.…

  13. UPDATE: “no legs” to the Yankees-Justin Masterson rumor

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:16 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that there are “no legs” to this. Sorry to hear about your legs, Justin Masterson. But you can live a full healthy life without them, I’m sure. 9:16 AM: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Yankees are interested in Justin Masterson. Which makes sense, as the Yankees can use starting…

  14. Diamondbacks “talking about” Indians’ Justin Masterson

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:43 PM EST

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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…

  15. Report: Indians willing to listen to trade offers for Justin Masterson

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:23 PM EST

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    It was reported last month that Justin Masterson was open to a long-term deal with the Indians, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the team is willing to listen to trade offers. Masterson is just one year away from free agency, so the Indians would prefer pieces that they can control for the long-term.…

  16. Justin Masterson is open to a long-term deal with Indians

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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    Justin Masterson has one season remaining before free agency, with a big payday coming via arbitration, but the Indians right-hander is hoping to sign a long-term contract extension before hitting the open market. Masterson’s agent, Randy Rowley (agent’s have great names, huh?), told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’d like to talk…

  17. Indians may turn to Opening Day starter Justin Masterson as playoff closer

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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    Justin Masterson is still building back arm strength after missing time with an oblique injury late in the season and Chris Perez pitched his way out of the closer job with a brutal final month, so Mark Emery of MLB.com wonders if the Indians could end up giving Masterson a look in the ninth inning.…

  18. Indians put their season in rookie Danny Salazar’s hands

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians' Salazar pitches during MLB American League baseball game against Toronto Blue Jays in Cleveland

    As the Indians wait to find out their opponent for the Wild Card game Wednesday they announced that rookie Danny Salazar will start the win-or-go-home game. Salazar made just 10 starts during the regular season, but the 23-year-old right-hander had incredible strikeout numbers in the minors before being called up and posted a 3.12 ERA…

  19. Indians win tenth in a row, secure top AL Wild Card spot

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:09 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched his team into the post-season — at least for one game — with a sterling performance against the Twins. The right-hander allowed just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 13. It marks a season-high in strikeouts and his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season.…

  20. Terry Francona has removed Chris Perez from the closer’s role

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

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    Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino. On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings,…

  21. Andy Pettitte’s complicated Hall of Fame case

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Andy Pettitte was never a dominant starter. That’s pretty much indisputable. In 18 big-league seasons, Pettitte has never won a Cy Young Award, an ERA title or a strikeout crown. The only “black ink” on his Baseball-Reference page comes from the three times he led or shared his league lead in games started. He’s thrown…

  22. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  23. Justin Masterson tests strained oblique by playing catch

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

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    Justin Masterson hasn’t pitched since September 2 due to a strained left oblique. While this type of injury often costs players a month or more, he hopes to be the exception as the Indians attempt to close ground for a Wild Card spot. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Masterson tested his…

  24. The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield for batting practice

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

    Chicken

    Now that’s what I call a “foul –” [BAM!] [Lede writer hit over head with sledgehammer] The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield during BP: It’s a, well, interesting day at Progressive Field. Yes, that is a live chicken in the outfield shagging flies. pic.twitter.com/fKTHeG5LIA — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 4, 2013  …

  25. Justin Masterson is out with an oblique injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:49 PM EST

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    Here’s a potentially big blow to the Indians’ already dwindling playoff hopes: Justin Masterson will miss at least one start with an oblique injury suffered during his abbreviated outing yesterday. One start wouldn’t be so bad, but very few oblique injuries tend to be that minor and if anything it’s an injury type that lingers…

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