Originally written April 27, 2013 on Indians Baseball Insider:
Some news, notes, and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Taking the plunge on Masterson It is something that has not been talked about much yet, but right-hander Justin Masterson is getting closer and closer to free agency with every start he makes. At the same time, with every good start he makes, his price tag goes up and up as well. Masterson, who just turned 28-years old last month, is set to hit free agency after next season. If he continues to pitch like he has to date, he is on his way to a big pay day considering he will be just 29-years old when he enters free agency and will still be in his prime. Even if he morphs back into the starter he has been on average from 2010-2012, he is in for a big enough pay day. The Indians spent a lot of money in the offseason and doled out some significant contracts to the likes of Michael Bourn (four years, $48 million) and Nick Swisher (4 years, $56 million), but Masterson is heading for a huge pay day that will dwarf those contracts. New...
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