Justin Masterson had what could be described as a very good 2013 season for the Cleveland Indians. He earned the right to be called their ace for most of the season though he certainly wasn’t one of the more dominant aces in the game. That really didn’t matter though. He didn’t need to completely dominate every single team he faced; he just needed to be a consistent chance for the Indians to win and he was that. Even though his injury ruined the second half, the Indians are looking to sign him to a long-term deal.
This is a very good decision as long as it is made with a little thought going into it. I’m not sure what possesses some teams to give a pitcher a deal worth $18MM for 12 seasons but that kind of thing should not be done here. Masterson is a very good pitcher and could very well lead this team to the postseason next season and further than the wildcard playoff game. He is worth a good little chunk of change from this team but they should keep it reasonable.
Maybe they should give him 5 to 7 years or so worth a good little bit of cash with a ton of incentives. Some of his consistency remains to be proved for more than just a few years so incentives would be great for himself and the team. Whatever the terms, they should get a decent and reasonable deal done. It will send a strong message of what it takes for players to get paid long-term by the powers that be in Cleveland and set the stage for what should be a few solid winning seasons.