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Justin Masterson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dodgers signed RHP Justin Masterson to a minor league contract.
Masterson first started auditioning for clubs well over a month ago and has finally caught on somewhere. The big right-hander failed to make it up to the majors last season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. Masterson is 32 now and hasn't had any success at the big league level since 2013. He's strictly a no-risk flier. Mar 27 - 7:43 PM

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Justin Masterson worked out privately for the Reds on Thursday.

Masterson did not receive an offer after his mid-February showcase in Phoenix, but the rebuilding Reds might as well bring him into camp on a non-guaranteed minor league deal and see what happens. The veteran right-hander did not pitch at the MLB level in 2016 following shoulder surgery and he put up an ugly 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. He turns 32 years old later this month.
Mar 2 - 3:42 PM

The Rangers held a tryout for free agent pitchers Justin Masterson, Kameron Loe, Blake Beavan and Kyle Drabek on Monday.

It's unclear whether the Rangers liked enough of what they saw to sign any of the hurlers. Masterson, who will turn 32 next month, has seen his velocity plummet in recent years and hasn't had any success in the majors since 2013.
Feb 20 - 4:25 PM

Justin Masterson held a showcase for eight MLB clubs on Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona.

And he will throw again for interested clubs this Friday. Masterson did not pitch at the major league level in 2016 following shoulder surgery and he put up a rough 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. The veteran right-hander is going to have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract wherever he lands.
Feb 14 - 8:27 PM

Justin Masterson plans to hold a showcase for several teams in late February.

He's headed to Arizona next week to begin his throwing program. Masterson made his way back from shoulder surgery last season posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015 and it's been a while since he's enjoyed any success. He's going to have to settle for a minor league deal.
Jan 31 - 8:33 AM

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.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 09:51:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 11:45:00 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.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 09:25:00 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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 08:49:00 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.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 11:45:00 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.
Sun, May 22, 2016 02:52:00 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.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 03:27:00 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.
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 07:36:00 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.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 05:25:00 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.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 06:59:00 PM

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2B1Logan Forsythe
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SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Cody Bellinger
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CF1Joc Pederson
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