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Justin Masterson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, Justin Masterson turned down a one-year $6 million offer from the Rangers to sign with the Red Sox.
With the vast difference in the offers, it's not a surprise to see him wind up in Boston. He'll join a completely revamped Red Sox rotation that has added Wade Miley and Rick Porcello this week. Dec 12 - 6:32 PM

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Red Sox signed RHP Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.

He can earn an additional $2.5 million with innings pitched incentives. Masterson registered an ugly 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this past season between the Indians and Cardinals, but he pitched through multiple injuries and the Red Sox are betting on a bounce-back season.
Dec 11 - 10:48 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a deal with free agent Justin Masterson.

It's a one-year deal worth $9.5 million, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford. Masterson drew a surprisingly-healthy market this winter after posting an ugly 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this past season between the Indians and Cardinals. Boston will bank on the 29-year-old rebounding. He was excellent in 2013.
Dec 11 - 11:56 AM

Nick Cafardo was told by a Red Sox source that the team's offer to Justin Masterson is only for one year.

Cafardo had reported early Tuesday that the Red Sox made an offer of "at least two years" to the 29-year-old right-hander, but that did seem a little aggressive. Masterson registered an ugly 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this past season between the Indians and Cardinals. St. Louis eventually demoted him to the bullpen.
Dec 9 - 9:41 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Red Sox have made a multi-year offer to Justin Masterson.

Cafardo says the offer is for "at least two years." Masterson is drawing a much healthier free agent market than expected after posting a rough 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings this past season between the Indians and Cardinals. There's obviously a strong belief from some clubs that the 29-year-old right-hander is a strong bounceback candidate.
Dec 9 - 8:48 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and Red Sox have made offers to Justin Masterson.

Heyman lists the Marlins, White Sox, Royals, Giants and Twins as other clubs that are wooing Masterson. The Cubs, Tigers and Indians have been connected with the righty, as well. Masterson had an ugly 5.88 ERA in 2014 while pitching through multiple injuries, but clearly many teams think he could bounce back.
Dec 8 - 9:56 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that Justin Masterson will meet with the Marlins, White Sox and possibly the Cubs at this week's Winter Meetings.

Masterson met with the Red Sox on Sunday and has previously been linked to the Twins and Tigers, so he's drawing quite a bit of interest despite a disappointing season. The 30-year-old had an ugly 5.88 ERA in 2014 while pitching through multiple injuries.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 8 - 3:21 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Justin Masterson "appears to be moving forward without the Twins."

The Twins were one of the first clubs linked to the free agent this winter, but Neal says there's been "little contact of late" between the two sides. Masterson will meet with a handful of teams at the Winter Meetings, but it appears the Twins probably aren't on the list. The Marlins, Indians, White Sox and Tigers have also been connected with the righty.
Dec 7 - 9:51 AM

The White Sox and Tigers have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Paul Hoynes.

It had already been reported that the Indians and Twins were interested in Masterson's services as well. Hoynes adds that the Royals could consider Masterson if they cannot retain James Shields. The right-hander is coming off of a 5.88 ERA, but with his injury woes behind him, he's primed for a bounce-back season. Masterson turns 30 years old in March.
Nov 27 - 6:27 PM

The Marlins have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Masterson is drawing interest from the Twins and Cubs, among others. The Indians' 2014 Opening Day starter struggled to a 5.88 ERA this past season, in part due to injury, but he was an All-Star in 2013 and could be a buy-low candidate for a team that misses out on one of the frontline starters.
Source: Miami Herald
Nov 19 - 8:05 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins have inquired about Justin Masterson.

Not surprisingly, there's been a good amount of interest in Masterson as a bounce-back candidate, as the Cubs, Red Sox and Indians are also reportedly considering the right-hander. Masterson suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 season that saw him post a 5.88 ERA, but he could rebound in 2015 if he can stay healthy.
Nov 16 - 1:59 PM

Justin Masterson's agent, Randy Rowley, has revealed that his client pitched with ribcage and shoulder ailments this season in addition to his reported knee injury.

Masterson first felt soreness in his ribcage during spring training and it apparently nagged at him throughout the season. Rowley says it was that ailment that caused the righty to alter his mechanics, which eventually led to a sore knee. An MRI in September revealed that Masterson had a right shoulder impingement, but he was given a cortisone shot and kept pitching (though he had been demoted to the bullpen at that point). Rowley says that Masterson is finally healthy, and if that's the case he could be a wise investment on a one-year contract as he tries to re-establish his value. The Cubs, Red Sox and Indians are reportedly interested in the righty.
Nov 14 - 10:57 AM

Paul Hoynes wrote that the Indians might have interest in bringing back Justin Masterson.

The team traded Masterson to the Cardinals at the trade deadline, but might be willing to tango with him once more. Masterson rejected a $45 million deal from the Tribe last spring training. His value is not where it was back then. He struggled with injuries and posted an ugly 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. The Cardinals demoted him to the bullpen in September.
Nov 13 - 5:54 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are interested in Justin Masterson.

One source went as far as saying he "expected" the Cubs to complete a deal for the right-hander. Masterson had an awful 2014 season, posting a 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. He dealt with injury, though, and was an All-Star in 2013, so the Cubs would hope he can regain his old form. Wittenmyer says Masterson is willing to sign a one-year deal in order to re-establish himself.
Nov 11 - 9:15 PM

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have called about Justin Masterson.

Masterson should draw interest as a buy-low type after struggling to the tune of a 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings this season between the Indians and Cardinals. He'll likely try to land a one-year deal in an attempt to re-establish his value and hit the open market again next winter. Masterson was originally drafted by the Red Sox and spent the first two seasons of his career with the club.
Nov 10 - 4:21 PM

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