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Justin Masterson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Marlins have shown interest in free agent right-hander Justin Masterson.
The Twins have also checked in on Masterson, who made 25 appearances in Triple-A last season while coming back from shoulder surgery. Masterson last appeared in the major leagues with Boston in 2015. He could be worth a flyer for a Marlins team desperate for starting pitching. Nov 26 - 9:51 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have checked in on free agent right-hander Justin Masterson.

There's an obvious connection with new Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, who previously worked with the Indians. Masterson pitched exclusively in the minors with the Pirates this past season after making his way back from shoulder surgery, but he has enjoyed success in the past and could be worth a flier for rebuilding Cleveland. Berardino hears from a person with direct knowledge of the situation that there's "possibly" mutual interest between the two sides.
Nov 23 - 11:45 AM

Justin Masterson said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that his agent is "talking to a few teams."

After making it back from shoulder surgery, Masterson pitched exclusively with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate this past season while posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old made five starts and 20 relief appearances. His stock has definitely faded at this point, but the good news is that he said he feels healthy and strong. Still, odds are he'll have to accept a minor league deal somewhere.
Nov 23 - 9:25 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Justin Masterson "is said now to be fully healthy for the first time in awhile."

Masterson signed with the Pirates back in mid-April after coming back from shoulder surgery and ended up spending the entire season in the minors. The 31-year-old pitched primarily in relief in Triple-A while posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal at this point in his career.
Nov 17 - 8:49 PM

Justin Masterson has completed his rehab and is ready to join Triple-A Indianapolis.

Masterson got a late start this year after signing with Pittsburgh in mid-April. The last month and a half has essentially served as Masterson's spring training. He's hoping to make two starts for Indianapolis before joining the Pirates. Masterson was awful in Boston last year, recording a disappointing 5.61 ERA over 18 appearances (nine starts). He eventually underwent shoulder surgery but is now fully recovered.
Jun 2 - 11:45 PM

Justin Masterson threw four innings in an extended spring training game recently.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Masterson, who was signed to a minor league deal last month, is seeing his velocity slowly increase. He figures to join Triple-A Indianapolis' rotation pretty soon.
May 22 - 2:52 PM

Pirates signed RHP Justin Masterson to a minor league contract.

Another reclamation project for Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Masterson registered an ugly 5.61 ERA in 18 appearances last season for the Red Sox and he had a 5.88 ERA between the Cardinals and Indians in 2014. He'll head to Triple-A Indianapolis initially.
Apr 14 - 3:27 PM

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, 15 teams are already confirmed to attend the showcase for Justin Masterson in Phoenix on Monday.

The veteran right-hander claims that he is now completely pain-free for the first time in years and he's anxious to get back on the mound. At this stage in the spring, he'll certainly have to settle for a minor league deal, but isn't a bad gamble for team's searching for rotation depth.
Mar 25 - 7:36 PM

Justin Masterson will hold a showcase for interested teams next Monday in Phoenix.

Masterson says he's pain-free for the first time in years and MLB Network's Jon Heyman calls him a "comeback candidate," but it will probably have to be on a minor league deal wherever he lands. The big veteran right-hander registered a 5.61 ERA in 18 appearances last season for the Red Sox. He had a 5.88 ERA with the Indians and Cardinals in 2014.
Mar 23 - 5:25 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Justin Masterson will hold a showcase for 10-15 teams at the end of March.

He's in the seventh week of an eight-week throwing program. Masterson flamed out in Boston last year, recording an ugly 5.61 ERA over 18 appearances. The veteran right-hander is almost six months removed from shoulder surgery.
Mar 12 - 6:59 PM

Justin Masterson is still planning to hold a showcase for interested teams this month in Arizona, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

There hasn't been any news on Masterson since January, but he's nearing the end of an eight-week throwing program and apparently feeling pretty good. The veteran right-hander will likely have to settle for a minor league contract after posting a rough 5.61 ERA in 59 1/3 innings last season for the Red Sox. He needed arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in September.
Mar 9 - 6:09 PM

Justin Masterson may throw for teams in mid-March, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Cotillo reports that Masterson has drawn interest from "several teams," but he's just starting his throwing program this week and is apparently content with waiting out the process before signing with a team. The veteran right-hander posted an ugly 5.61 ERA over 59 1/3 innings with the Red Sox last season before undergoing undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in September.
Jan 27 - 11:57 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that two teams have made offers to free agent right-hander Justin Masterson.

Meanwhile, Cotillo hears from his source that 10 teams have requested medicals. Masterson posted an ugly 5.61 ERA over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in September, but he's not far removed from success and could have some appeal if he's feeling good. The Pirates were mentioned as a possible fit last month.
Jan 6 - 1:26 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams are in on Justin Masterson.

The Pirates are one of them, which had been previously reported. Masterson held an ugly 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2015 and had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery in September. He could be a nice bounce-back candidate in the right spot, though, and Pittsburgh would certainly qualify.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:14:00 PM

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Justin Masterson.

Masterson is looking for a one-year deal in hopes of rebuilding his value, and there's wouldn't be a better landing spot than Pittsburgh, where he could work with pitching guru Ray Searage. Slated to turn 31 in March, Masterson held an ugly 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2015 and had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery in September. He's expected to be healthy for spring training.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 05:57:00 PM