There have been on again and off gain reports suggesting the Cleveland Indians are ready to trade starting pitcher Justin Masterson. Even if the Indians do come to the conclusion that parting ways with Masterson is the best decision, despite not having a lot of options in the starting rotation, there’s a good chance it won’t happen anyways.
“It was tough to buy at first but two Gms have confirmed that Indians righty Justin Masterson is very much available but at a high cost,” Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo tweeted.
The high cost is exactly the reason why Masterson will be stuck in Cleveland for the 2014 season. No team in their right mind is going to give up a great packaged deal for someone who will only be under contract for one more season. It’s one thing if said team is able to sign Masterson to a contract extension immediately. However, I have to imagine the right-hander is keen on testing free agency next year.
I almost have to imagine that Cleveland is dangling Masterson’s name out there just to see who will bite. It’s one thing for no team to be interested, but I would be shocked if Cleveland actually dealt him if a team did make an offer. The reason for that is because the starting rotation needs plenty of improvement. Depleting it by subtracting Masterson is taking a huge step in the wrong direction, especially since Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez will be gone next year.
The Indians may be serious about trading Masterson but don’t expect it to happen.