That doesn't mean Masterson will be in the rotation. It just means that he could be in it.
It doesn't mean that the Red Sox won't pursue A.J. Burnett or Derek Lowe. It just means that they don't need to sign either one of them, unless the price is to their liking.
Already, the Red Sox have Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield set as four-fifths of their rotation. Already, they have Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen as right-handed setup options in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.
The 23-year-old Masterson was 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA in nine starts for Boston in 2008. He had a 2.36 ERA in 27 regular-season relief appearances, and a 1.86 ERA in nine postseason appearances out of the bullpen.
He definitely figures in the Red Sox plans for 2009.
How will they use him?
They don't have to answer that yet.
As for Crisp, who just turned 29, he'll now become the Royals' center fielder and leadoff hitter. Crisp wasn't bad this past year with the Red Sox -- and he went 9-for-20 in the ALCS against the Rays -- but with the emergence of Jacoby Ellsbury he had become an extra outfielder.
By getting him, and picking up his $5.75 million contract for 2009, the Royals fill a need. They can move David DeJesus to left field, assuming they don't trade him later this winter (still a possibility).