Indians “very willing” to trade Justin Masterson


Justin Masterson

The Cleveland Indians’ season isn’t going according to plan I wouldn’t say. At the same time when they failed to reach a deal with Masterson and pay him as much money as he wanted to be paid, maybe they knew what they were doing. Masterson has struggled mightily this season – his last under contract with the Indians. Masterson was thought to be seeking $17 million per season from the Indians before talks broke off. Now, as Justin Masterson works a rehab assignment in Columbus, the Indians are reportedly “very willing” to trade him.

So maybe the Indians were right not to pay Justin Masterson. Maybe it was part of a self-fulfilling prophecy though. We’ll never know of course. What we do know is that the Indians are looking smart today at the expense of looking good in their quest to make it two years in a row in the playoffs.

Maybe it’s not fair to reduce the Tribe’s situation to that, especially as they’re only 3.5 games out of the wild card. Let’s just say that I find it very difficult to feel confident the way this season has unfolded with the team.

  • mgbode

    We didn’t say that pitching had to be any good?

  • Harv 21

    Hard to laud the Indians as particularly wise for not giving him $17m/year when the only thing that kept them from another crushing 4 year, $60m payroll buster was Masterson’s foolish refusal to accept. Looks like Masterson might always have trouble repeating his mechanics on a long-term basis. He might be great again next year, or even as soon as August. But query whether the economics of this team should permit them to risk that sort of hit when they already are wearing the concrete contract anchors of Swisher and Bourn.

  • Johan K

    Ugh, Swisher’s contract looks worse than Hafner’s.

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  • mgbode

    At least Hafner gave us elite production even if it was before the extension kicked in

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea but who exactly is willing to take him and for how little?

  • Harv 21

    good one. “Hey, at least we’re paying for past production that benefited our team back in the day.” Like a gold retirement watch, except a whole lot bigger.

  • Harv 21

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  • Harv 21

    sophiya, please stay on topic honey.

  • mgbode

    yes. but, when thinking about how we are saddled with Swisher’s contract, I cannot even think back to the good old days.

    not to mention that even Hafner’s bad years rates were better than anything Swisher has given us. Pronk’s main issue was that he just couldn’t stay healthy.

  • Harv 21

    Yeah, I’d view our village idiot as benignly as I did Trot Nixon if he made $2m/year. Nothing as grating as an overpaid, untradeable motormouth attention whore who can’t even play. (Woops, that was harsher than I ever intended).

  • Steve

    The Indians offer was 2/28 and a team option, not $60M. Not that that would have looked like a good contract at this point or would make anyone feel better about this mediocre season.

  • Mike Bennson

    Masterson will pitch better for the Cards: Wainwright will keep him focused.