FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cleveland Indians are listening to trade offers for Justin Masterson as front offices gather in Orlando for this year’s winter meetings.
Sources: #Indians listening on Masterson with idea of exploring longer-term options. Masterson entering final season before free agency.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
As has been reported earlier this winter, Masterson is entering his walk year. Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported earlier this offseason that Masterson was looking for an extension in the five-year, $75 million range so it is conceivable that the team does not feel comfortable about their chances working an extension. Masterson is expected to receive $9.7 million in his final arbitration-eligible season of 2014.
In 2013, the 28-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA and 195/76 K/BB ratio over 193 innings, winning 14 games. He dealt with an oblique injury at the end of the regular season, ultimately sliding him into a role within the bullpen, but is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training
Indians.com beat writer Jordan Bastian followed up the Rosenthal report, saying that fans should “not read too much” into it as the team is simply doing their due diligence.