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Justin Masterson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Masterson gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Masterson left with the lead with one on and one out in the top of the seventh inning. However, the Blue Jays got to Marc Rzepczynski and Cody Allen to pull ahead for good. Masterson walked two and struck out a season-high nine in the no-decision. After back-to-back shaky starts, he appears to be moving in the right direction. He'll square off against the Royals next week. Apr 18 - 11:21 PM

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Justin Masterson was hit extremely hard in a no-decision against the White Sox on Saturday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Masterson also issued five free passes while striking out seven on the afternoon. Twice the Indians offense handed him leads in the game that he was unable to hold onto. After an incredible 2013 campaign, Masterson has failed to live up to expectations in the early going, posting a 5.87 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 15/9 K/BB ratio in his first 15 1/3 innings. He’ll again look for his first victory when he takes on the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday.
Apr 12 - 5:42 PM

Justin Masterson was lit up for six runs -- five earned -- over just 3 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

He struck out four but allowed seven hits, walked three and hit a pair of batters. It was an especially disappointing performance given what looked like a juicy matchup for the right-hander. That said, Masterson was terrific on Opening Day, so we'll chalk this one up to it just not being his day. He'll try to bounce back next weekend in Chicago versus the White Sox.
Apr 6 - 5:12 PM

Justin Masterson spun seven scoreless innings in a no-decision on Opening Day against the Athletics.

Masterson was brilliant, allowing just three hits and one walk while fanning four batters. However, he didn't get any help from his offense and Sonny Gray nearly matched him. Coming off a 3.45 ERA with 195 strikeouts over 193 innings in 2013, the 29-year-old could find a huge contract in free agency this winter if he can come close to matching those numbers this year.
Apr 1 - 9:52 AM

Justin Masterson pitched well in his start against the Brewers on Wednesday, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Masterson allowed only three hits and walked two while striking out five. The right-hander has had a fantastic spring, carrying a 1.09 ERA with 25 strikeouts and six walks in 24 2/3 innings overall. Masterson will oppose Sonny Gray of the Athletics on Opening Day.
Mar 26 - 6:35 PM

Justin Masterson pitched well again in Friday's victory over the Rockies, allowing a pair of runs on five hits over six strong innings.

Masterson punched out six on the afternoon while walking two. The two runs allowed, were the first two that he's allowed all spring, having fired 13 consecutive scoreless innings entering Friday's start. He owns a sterling 20/4 K/BB ratio through 19 innings in Arizona.
Mar 21 - 11:16 PM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti on Friday left the door open for the team and Justin Masterson to re-open extension talks.

However, in all likelihood it sure sounds like Masterson is going to hit the open market next winter. The right-hander was reportedly willing to accept a very reasonable two- or three-year deal worth around $17 million per season, but the Indians weren't willing to give him more than around $14 million per year. Masterson isn't going to have trouble netting more than that on the open market.
Mar 21 - 12:59 PM

The Indians and Justin Masterson were about $3 million per year off in contract extension talks, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Earlier this month Masterson approached the Indians with two contract proposals -- two- and three-year deals -- which each averaged about $17 million per year. Cleveland's counter offer Thursday of around two years, $28 million with a third-year team option was quickly rejected. Masterson was said to have been open to deferring money, too. "We tried to work with them and be flexible, and we tried to look at the situation given Justin's desire to play for the Indians," Masterson's agent Randy Rowley said. "We were happy to do something that made sense. We tried to be flexible and sensitive." Masterson will make $9.7625 million in his final year before free agency. Cleveland has already threatened that they'll extend a qualifying offer at year's end.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 20 - 10:59 PM

Contract extension talks between the Indians and Justin Masterson have broken off.

"Free agency at end of season appears likely," adds FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Masterson reportedly made three- to four-year proposals to the Indians believed to be in the $40-60 million range; even the highest range would have fallen beneath the $17.5 million AAV recently forked over to Homer Bailey. Masterson will make $9.7625 million in his final year before free agency. The 28-year-old is coming off a great season in which he posted a 3.45 ERA with 195 strikeouts over 193 innings.
Mar 20 - 10:03 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Indians have yet to respond to Justin Masterson's contract extension proposals from earlier this month.

Masterson has reportedly made three- to four-year proposals to the Indians believed to be in the $40-60 million range. They're very reasonable proposals, but the cost-conscious Indians have yet to bite on them. Heyman says the offers remain on the table and the two sides would still like to hammer out a long-term deal before Opening Day. Masterson will make $9.7625 million in his final year before free agency.
Mar 18 - 10:21 PM

Justin Masterson was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Cubs, scattering just two hits over five scoreless innings of work.

The 28-year-old punched out eight on the afternoon without issuing a walk. He's now hurled 13 scoreless innings to begin the Cactus League season, while compiling a dynamite 14/2 K/BB ratio in 13 innings. So far, he's done his best to prove that his breakout 2013 season wasn't a fluke.
Mar 16 - 7:23 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona on Tuesday named Justin Masterson his Opening Day starter.

It was a mere formality. Masterson, who will making his third straight Opening Day start, will get the ball on March 31 in Oakland. The 28-year-old is coming off a fine season in which he posted a 3.45 ERA with 195 strikeouts over 193 innings.
Mar 11 - 7:08 PM

Justin Masterson shut out the D'Backs for four innings in Tuesday's start.

Masterson's Cactus League ERA remains at a nice 0.00 through eight innings. He didn't allow a hit to the Indians on Tuesday, though he did walk one. If his boosted strikeout rate from last season continues, he shouldn't have any trouble replicating his success.
Mar 11 - 5:51 PM

Justin Masterson blanked the Cubs over three innings during his start on Thursday.

Masterson allowed three hits and a walk while fanning three. The right-hander took a big leap forward with his strikeout rate, jumping from 17 percent to 24 percent. He also led the league in ground ball rate at 58 percent. Rightly, the Indians are trying to sign him to a contract extension, but the two sides have yet to hash things out. Regardless, he'll take the hill on Opening Day for the Tribe.
Mar 6 - 5:25 PM

Justin Masterson confirmed Wednesday that he wants to stay with the Indians and is willing to accept a shorter-term deal.

While there was some speculation that Masterson would command a deal similar to Homer Bailey's recent six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Tuesday night that he has requested a three- or four-year contract from the Indians in the range of $40-60 million. His demands are pretty reasonable, so we're guessing something will get done.
Mar 5 - 1:50 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
1B1Nick Swisher
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Elliot Johnson
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Carlos Santana
2Lonnie Chisenhall
3Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Michael Bourn
2Nyjer Morgan
RF1David Murphy
DH1Ryan Raburn
2Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Masterson
2Corey Kluber
3Danny Salazar
4Zach McAllister
5Carlos Carrasco
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1John Axford
2Cody Allen
3Bryan Shaw
4Marc Rzepczynski
5Josh Outman
6Blake Wood
7Scott Atchison
8C.C. Lee