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Indians, Justin Masterson avoid arbitration, agree to $9.7M deal

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Justin Masterson and the Indians have agreed to a contract for 2014. (USATSI)
Justin Masterson and the Indians have agreed to a contract for 2014. (USATSI)

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CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Indians and right-hander Justin Masterson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.7625-million contract for 2014.

Earlier this offseason, Masterson had filed an arbitration figure of $11.8 million, while the team countered with a filed figure of $8.05 million.

Masterson, 28, logged a 3.45 ERA (109 ERA+) and 1.20 WHIP in 193 innings in 2013. He led MLB with three complete game shutouts and finished the year in the bullpen because of an oblique injury. Masterson has thrown 180+ innings in each of the last four seasons and for his career owns an ERA+ of 100 across parts of six major-league seasons.

Masterson is eligible for free agency after the upcoming season.

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