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Free Agency: Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson, 29, looks for a place to call home this offseason. The twenty-nine year-old struggled tremendously last season putting up a 5.51 ERA with the Cleveland Indians and a 7.04 ERA with the St. Louis Cardinals. The right-handed pitcher needs to reintroduce his value as a pitcher. For this to be accomplished, he must sign a cheap deal. No team will pursue Masterson for...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins Rumors: Miami could pursue Jason Hammel and Justin Masterson

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Miami Marlins are expressing interest in many starting pitchers on the free agent market this winter. The team has the ability to do so even after signing Giancarlo Stanton to a 13 year, $325 million deal. Stanton took a pay cut in the first two seasons so that the Marlins can go out and do something to build a contending team around...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 11/19/14

It’s hump day. Hopefully you don’t have any annoying coworkers that will repeat that phrase incessently. The new NCAA playoff rankings were released, and the top three teams are pretty much who we all expected when the season began.  It snowed a bit in Buffalo yesterday.  There is a lot of talk of the Twins’ interest in Justin Masterson. Here is a closer look at the pitcher...
Via The Rhino and Compass
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson

I thought this was noteworthy since Justin Masterson is my favorite out of the bounce back pitchers who are available this off-season. Bill Brink says that the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t currently one of the teams who have checked in on the right-hander. #Pirates are not currently among the dozen or so teams that have checked in on Justin Masterson, according to his agent. — Bill...
Via Pirates Prospects
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Red Sox Checked In On Free-Agent Pitcher Justin Masterson

<input type="hidden" name="fallback" value="This embed is invalid" /> Justin Masterson’s horrendous 2014 season apparently isn’t minimizing his free-agent market. The Boston Red Sox are among six teams believed to have checked in on Masterson...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Rumors: Justin Masterson back to Cleveland?

LeBron took his talents back to Cleveland and another athlete may soon be doing the same. Paul Hoynes reports that the Cleveland Indians have been considering bringing back pitcher Justin Masterson. Cleveland would most likely bring him back on a one year deal and that deal would work well for both clubs. It would give Masterson a chance to re-establish his value and then go test...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chicago Cubs in Talks to Acquire All-Star Pitcher

Multiple sources told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer that the Cubs are actively engaged in talks to acquire Jordan Zimmermann from the Nationals, though without any mention of whom the Cubs might be giving up. Jordan Zimmermann: The All-Star Pitcher From the report: One source said the teams have enough mutual interest that names have been discussed. Another said he expected...
Via Sports Mockery
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Hot Stove: Justin Masterson

Going back a few weeks, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations told us that he and his General Manager Jed Hoyer were looking to add two pitchers to his rotation. Now, they have their opportunity to do so with a number of pitchers hitting the market which might peek the Cubs interests. Of course you have Max Scherzer, James Shields and the pitcher most people believe will...
Via World Series Dreaming
17 days ago  |  Discuss

An Exercise In Foresight: Qualifying Masterson & Cabrera

For all the insults that are thrown at the current management team of Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro by the Indians fan base, they have actually done an incredible job considering the current monetary situation with the team and around the league. The great long term signings of Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis in the past off-season in addition to the original trade...
Via Burning River Baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Is an Indians Reunion With Masterson Possible?

This summer’s reunion between LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers was definite proof that words and actions can be forgiven and a player can indeed go back to a team where bridges were seemingly burned. James returned four years after he ran out on the city and the fans that worshiped him while accepting the apology of an owner who had anything but kind words regarding his...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014-2015 off-season

With the 2014 World Series complete and players considering free agency, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the conclusion of the 2014 post-season until the start of spring training 2015. The previous matrix reflects the rosters from the start of short-season ball in mid-June through the...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals Free-Agents: Coming Back?

On November 6th, the following Cardinals players will officially become free agents: Mark Ellis Pat Neshek Justin Masterson Jason Motte A.J. Pierzynski None of these players received a qualifying offer from the Cardinals, meaning that there will be no extra draft picks for the team if they are singed by another team. VEB has stated that letting all 5 walk will save the Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
24 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: A look at the offseason schedule, free agents, and arbitration eligible players

This is a post that I was hoping would not be written until late October or early November after the World Series. The Cardinals’ “early” exit pushes this post up a week or so. I use “early” in quotes because sometimes I have to remember how lucky Cards’ fans are to witness their team making 4 straight NLCS’. There are several key events in the offseason from qualifying...
Via Cardinals Farm
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Pitcher

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the fourth installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Pitcher. Previous awards for this season include: Most Valuable Hitter Most Valuable...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

How Justin Masterson Cost the Indians the Play-Offs

When comparing the 2013 play-off Indians with 2014 team, there have been a surprising number of improvements considering the less successful outcome. Offensively, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana all had better seasons than in 2013, while Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn put up similar numbers. Cody Allen was significantly better than Chris Perez ever...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Somehow, Someway, That All Worked Out For The Cardinals

That could have been a whole lot better. That could have been a whole lot worse. Both things are true as we dig through the rubble of a 2-2 split against a bottom dwelling foe… that somehow vaulted the Cardinals into a first place tie in the NL Central. First the bad news. + The Justin Masterson trade is officially a bust. His ERA with the Cardinals is 7.90 and he’s surrendered...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals fall flat once again, lose two out of three from Phillies

Justin Masterson made his fifth start for the Cardinals Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of this three game series in Philadelphia. This would make the third time in five outings Masterson would only go five innings or less. He would give up a total of five runs in three innings. The offense wouldn’t be able to back him up either. Jerome Williams would shut down the Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Farm
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds try to solve Masterson in St. Louis

Justin Masterson hopes he has finally found the successful form he's been missing most of this season. The right-hander has certainly been at his best against the Cincinnati Reds of late. Looking to build on his strongest outing since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, Masterson tries to win his fourth straight start against the reeling Reds on Monday night at Busch Stadium. After...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds try to solve Masterson in St. Louis

Justin Masterson hopes he has finally found the successful form he's been missing most of this season. The right-hander has certainly been at his best against the Cincinnati Reds of late. Looking to build on his strongest outing since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, Masterson tries to win his fourth straight start against the reeling Reds on Monday night at Busch Stadium. After...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Coming off his strongest Cardinals outing, Masterson faces reeling Reds

Justin Masterson hopes he has finally found the successful form he's been missing most of this season. The right-hander has certainly been at his best against the Cincinnati Reds of late. Looking to build on his strongest outing since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, Masterson tries to win his fourth straight start against the reeling Reds on Monday night at Busch Stadium. After...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Coming off his strongest Cardinals outing, Masterson faces reeling Reds

Justin Masterson hopes he has finally found the successful form he's been missing most of this season. The right-hander has certainly been at his best against the Cincinnati Reds of late. Looking to build on his strongest outing since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, Masterson tries to win his fourth straight start against the reeling Reds on Monday night at Busch Stadium. After...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson’s Mechanics Are Now AAA-Approved

Leading up to last night’s game, there was talk about how Justin Masterson may have tinkered with his mechanics, trying to improve on two dismal starts in Cardinal red that led folks to wonder if John Mozeliak had lost his touch. Let’s just say Masterson is a pretty darn good tinkerer . Seven scoreless innings on just three hits is not [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson, Matt Adams carry Cardinals to 5-2 bounce back win over Marlins

In his first two starts with the Cardinals, Justin Masterson had posted a sloppy 11.25 ERA allowing a total of 10 runs in eight innings of work. Wednesday night in Miami was a completely different story. The Cardinals saw the 2013 All-Star with Cleveland in the final game of this series. Seven shutout innings allowing three hits with no walks and three strikeouts would do the trick...
Via Cardinals Farm
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Masterson pitches Cardinals past Marlins, 5-2

MIAMI -- Justin Masterson pitched seven scoreless innings in his best outing since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, and they averted a series sweep by beating the Miami Marlins 5-2 Wednesday. Masterson, acquired in a trade with Cleveland on July 30, allowed three hits -- all singles -- and no walks and threw only 91 pitches before departing for a pinch hitter. After recording only...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Masterson pitches Cardinals past Marlins, 5-2

MIAMI -- Justin Masterson pitched seven scoreless innings in his best outing since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, and they averted a series sweep by beating the Miami Marlins 5-2 Wednesday. Masterson, acquired in a trade with Cleveland on July 30, allowed three hits -- all singles -- and no walks and threw only 91 pitches before departing for a pinch hitter. After recording only...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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