Because there wasn’t enough activity already this morning, the Red Sox have reportedly agreed to a deal with free agent pitcher Justin Masterson, who used to pitch for Boston.
The Red Sox have an agreement with Justin Masterson.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 11, 2014
We’ll see what kind of deal Masterson gets, though it’s been presumed that he would want a short-term, prove-it deal after his disastrous (and probably injury-caused) 2014 season. The Cubs have been connected to him more than once, but he probably saw a clearer path to starts in Boston (who is really loading up on groundball pitchers, which makes sense at Fenway).
Among the other roll-the-dice types the Cubs could look at after this: Brett Anderson, Brandon Morrow, Brandon Beachy, and Kris Medlen. I doubt it happens without the Cubs trading away a pitcher or two, though. I do find those guys highly interesting.
UPDATE: Bob Nightengale says it’s a one-year, $9 million deal, which is just about what everyone was expecting. Short-term risk for the Red Sox, but not much money. Masterson gets a year – and a decent chunk of cash – to prove he’s back to health and effectiveness next year.
UPDATE 2: Actually …
Source: Masterson deal will be $9.5 million plus incentives
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) December 11, 2014
UPDATE 3: The Cubs did want Masterson, it sounds like, but not quite at that price level:
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) December 11, 2014
I don’t think that’s entirely unreasonable by the Cubs (nor do I think the Red Sox were foolish for going higher). He was a tough one to value, given the exceptional past performance and the down, injury-filled 2014 season.
Makes you wonder how much they value the other roll-the-dice guys. Slightly less than Masterson, yes?