Report: Indians, Masterson continue to talk about long-term deal

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Indians and Masterson hope to turn their one-year deal into a long-term contract.
The Indians and Masterson hope to turn their one-year deal into a long-term contract. (USATSI)

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The Indians and Justin Masterson avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $9.7265 million a few weeks ago, but the two sides continue to discuss a long-term extension according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I figure somehow, someway I'll end up still being here for a few more years," said the right-hander.

"We are talking," confirmed Randy Rowley, Masterson's agent. "The Indians know where we stand and we know where the Indians stand. We'll see if we can get something worked out before the start of the regular season."

Hoynes says the Tribe are believed to have offered Masterson a three or four-year contract, and a counter-offer was made. Homey Bailey's recent six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds more or less set the market for pitchers of this age and caliber.

Masterson, 28, went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA (109 ERA+) in 193 innings last season. In his four full years in Cleveland, the sinkerballer owns a 4.05 ERA (96 ERA+) and has never thrown fewer than 180 innings in a season. He can become a free agent after the 2014 campaign.

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