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I like Masterson a lot too, but Hermie is right. Shields was a bad example. He is incredibly underrated. At this point though, I'd rather have Masterson than Cain, Lester, Sabathia, Dickey, CJ Wilson/Weaver, G Gonzalez, Cueto/Latos, Samardzija.
I would trade Masterson for Shields everyday of the week and twice on Tuesdays. Shields is definitely better than Masterson. Don't get me wrong, really like Masterson and want the Indians to resign him/extend him, but Shields has been better than Masterson every year minus maybe 2010.
Pretty crazy, but from 2007-2013...Shields has only ONCE pitched fewer than 215 innings in a season....pitched "only" 203.1 in 2010. Masterson has only thrown at least 215 innings once in his career (216 in 2011).
Looking back on recent trades, I would be more inclined to take fewer, better prospects than worry about the standard 3 or 4 prospect deals. For example, if Masterson was dealt to the Mets, I would rather Syndergaard and Puello than 4 others in the top 10 from that organization. Just my $.02. Merry Christmas to you and yours.