For the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson, it’s been about baby steps.
They talked extension. Then they stopped talking extension and focused on avoiding arbitration. They did so successfully, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, and now they are reportedly back to talking about an extension.
When asked about his impending free agency after this season, Masterson said, ‘I figure somehow, someway I’ll end up still being here for a few more years.’
The Indians have made a mulityear offer to Masterson believed to be in the three- or four-year range. Randy Rowley, Masterson’s agent, has has made a counter offer as conversations continue.
‘We are talking,’ said Rowley. ‘The Indians know where we stand and we know where the Indians stand. We’ll see if we can get something worked out before the start of the regular season.’
Hoynes also notes that Masterson’s value on the market could hinge on what happens with fellow prospective free agents Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. From the Indians’ perspective, it would behoove them to get an extension done with Masterson sooner rather than later so that the market does not price him out of their range or make him less inclined to want to stay.