MLB Storylines: Masterson willing to take hometown discount
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Here are the stories from Monday, March 4th.
- Tribe starter Justin Masterson has made it known that he is willing to sign a shorter-term deal than originally expected so that he can stay with the Indians. Many believed thatHomer Bailey's six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds would price Masterson out of the Indians market, as the two pitchers have had similar careers to this point, but according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Masterson and his agent have requested a three-to four-year deal in the $40 million to $60 million range.
- The Indians improved to 5-1 in Cactus League action with a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Infield prospect Joey Wendle delivered the game-winning single in the 9th. Josh Tomlin became the first Tribe pitcher to log three innings this spring, giving up two runs and walking one while striking out two. Wendle,Mike Aviles, David Murphy, Yan Gomes, and Carlos Santana each drove in a run.
- First baseman David Cooper has cleared waivers and will remain with the team as a non-roster invite for Spring Training.
- During his two-inning outing on Monday, Trevor Bauer routinely sat between 93-96 mph with his fastball, but had one pitch clocked at 98 mph.
Others News and Notes
- The Tigers announced on Tuesday that outfielder Andy Dirks will have surgery on his lower back on Monday and is expected to miss 12 weeks.
- The Rangers have reached an agreement with lefty Joe Saunders on a non-guaranteed Major League deal. The financial terms of the contract were not known as of Tuesday night.
- The Orioles officially signed veteran lefty Johan Santana to a Minor League deal on Tuesday. The contract includes a base salary of $3 million if Santana makes the big league club, with an additional $5.05 million possible through incentives.
- Lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez agreed to a Minor League deal with the Nationals. Gonzalez can earn a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the Washington bullpen, and an extra $750 thousand in incentives.
- According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Braves pitcher Freddy Garcia has said that if he does not make Atlanta's 25-man roster, he will likely retire rather than go to the Minors and wait for another chance.
Masterson's agent asked for $11.8M in arbitration this year.
I agree about the QO. Lots has been said about Masterson's responsibility to the Player's Union to get the best deal possible. He may be able to use the QO as justification to signing a shorter deal in the hopes that the CBA will have changed by the time he hits FA again. I remember the CBA was angry that Cliff Lee signed a 5/120 deal with the Phillies.
Grossi its franchise tag
Lastoria it is qualifying offer
Westbrook got 11 million a year back in 07 I would think that 15 million a year would be equitable in today’s baseball market. Ubaldo just got 12.5 million this season. Masterson agent knows the market and I agree that franchise tag will hurt him in the open market. His agent could be buying time as the union tries to renegotiate that franchise tag and getting Masterson some financial stability which is close to what he would get in the open market. I believe 3-4 years with a yearly salary of 13-14 million gets it done
That's still big money, would be the largest deal in Tribe history. sure that's the upper end of that rumor but it's an amount I think is actually very fair.
Don't underestimate the significance of the Qualifying Offer. I know Masterson/his agent have said they aren't worried about it but we have seen what it does to guys that are not stars. Lohse, Ubaldo, Santana, Cruz, etc....
We all love Masterson but let's not ignore the fact that he is way more comparable to Jake Westbrook at this point in his career than he is to CC. In fact, a very, very easy case can be made that Jake Westbrook was actually Better than Masterson leading up to his final year before free agency (and just before he signed his 3yr/$33M extension).
Sure Masterson could take a gamble and maybe his K-rate stays as high and he manages 210+ innings again producing the best season of his career and teams won't worry about a draft pick with him....but if he simply repeats 2013 (3.4 fWAR, under 200 innings, DL stint) then he'll be looking at Ubaldo money, maybe a bit more if he's lucky, if he has a QO attached.
The only thing I can think is that it could be including this year's deal. In that case, the actual extension would be 2yr/$30-35M or 3yr/$50M. That's still a significant discount, but 3 years and $50M at least makes a little bit of sense for Masterson. He would get a nice, big payday, with an AAV close to market value, and still be able to go for another FA contract after his Age-32 season. If he's still healthy and pitching effectively at that point, he should be able to get another 4 year deal.
Hopefully the results the Dodgers got then won't deter the Indians side of things.
The agent for Masterson basically put the ball in the Indians court if the max he requested from the Indians was 60 million. I'd imagine it would be a 3 year extension that would start in 2015, maybe give some kind of signing bonus added onto his 2014 deal.
Will be interesting to see how the Indians brass handle this one.
ALL HAIL TITO!!!
Oh... & It's so sad that the Plain DULL-er can't celebrate with the Indians and their offensive logo.. Perhaps Chief Wahoo isn't quite so offensive afterall..