In case you are sleepy or confused or you are worried that the cold weather in your area has finally broken you, I assure you that you read that right. Cleveland Indians ace Justin Masterson made an offer on an extension to the team and not the other way around.
Jon Heyman of CBS reports that the offer was made this weekend.
Indians star pitcher Justin Masterson named his price in contract discussions with the team over the weekend, and word is, he could be amenable to a shorter-term deal than the free-agent market would likely warrant, perhaps even as little as three years, depending on the price.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, now Masterson and his camp are just waiting to hear if the Indians are open to the deal.
Masterson and his agent, Randy Rowley, have made a three- to four-year proposal to the Indians believed to be in the $40 million to $60 million range. They are waiting to hear back from the team. Both sides have set a deadline of March 31, opening day, but if progress is being made, negotiations could continue. “
In previous discussions about a contract extension for Masterson, he has been lumped in with guys like Homer Bailey, Jon Lester, and even Max Scherzer. He might not quite be on the level of those guys, but the discount on this salary number is still significant relative to what they are expected to get paid. From where I’m sitting, the Indians ought to jump at the chance to sign Masterson to the proposed deal.