(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – The Cleveland Indians were able to avoid arbitration with ace pitcher Justin Masterson on Tuesday afternoon.
Masterson agreed to a one-year deal with the Tribe worth $9,762,500 to avoid arbitration.
The right-hander was scheduled to board an afternoon flight for the hearing, but WTAM 1100 learned early in the day that Masterson was not going to need to make the trip to Florida.
Masterson told a group of reporters that he and the Indians were “very close” to finishing up a one-year deal prior to the official announcement by the club.
The Indians were offering Masterson $8.05 million, while the righty filed for $11.8 million. The two sides met below the midway point.
Earlier this spring the Tribe finished 2-0 in arbitration hearings that they had with right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin.
The possibility of a long-term deal is still an option for the Indians and Masterson as only a couple seasons ago they went through a similar situation with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
- Nick Camino