Justin Masterson
P FA
3 months ago

Masterson has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Masterson missed the entirety of the 2016 season with shoulder issues, but has been successful enough over an eight-year career to draw consistent interest this winter. Although Masterson is unlikely to open the season with the Dodgers, he'll serve as important depth for a rotation with many injury-prone pitchers. Masterson has also expressed willingness to pitch out of the bullpen, so we'll keep an eye on which role the Dodgers decide to prepare him for.

Justin Masterson
P FA
4 months ago

Masterson threw a live batting practice session in Reds camp Thursday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander did not appear in the majors in 2016, but he does hold lots of experience over his eight other seasons in the major leagues. That's a huge boon to his value given the inexperience in the Reds' current pitching staff, although he'll have to improve upon the 4.97 ERA he posted in 20 relief appearances and five starts with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate last season if he wants to be in the conversation for a big league spot if the Reds do ultimately pull the trigger on signing him. It's unclear how close the two sides are to a deal, but the Reds have stated that any agreement with Masterson would be on a minor league deal.

Justin Masterson
P FA
4 months ago

Masterson will throw two showcases over the next week, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Crasnick, roughly 12 teams will be in attendance for Masterson's showcases in Arizona. Masterson has been hampered by shoulder issues of late, but he did manage to pitch in 50 minor league games across two levels in the Pirates' organization in 2016. Masterson's agent said that he is willing to work as either a starter or a reliever and that the right-hander is 100 percent healthy.

Justin Masterson
P FA
5 months ago

Masterson (shoulder) will begin a throwing program in Arizona next week and plans to hold a showcase for potential suitors in late February, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Masterson, a former All-Star, spent last season in the Pirates' organization, posting a 4.97 ERA and a 32:26 K:BB ratio over 25 games with Triple-A Indianapolis. It appears the 31-year-old is ready to give his career another chance after electing free agency in November. Masterson's velocity has clearly fallen off since his dominant 2013 season, when he led the MLB in shutout victories. Consider him a long shot to make a roster at this point.

Justin Masterson
P FA
1 year ago

Masterson (shoulder) has been transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he is scheduled to make two starts before the Pirates make a decision on whether to recall him, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Masterson's shoulder issues appear to be behind him and he is set to face stiffer competition up at Triple-A Indianapolis. He'll make at least two starts, and if he's able to get through them without any issues, he could be on his way back to the major leagues. In his lone start at High-A Bradenton, Masterson allowed two runs over five innings while racking up eight strikeouts and three walks.

Justin Masterson
P FA
1 year ago

Masterson (shoulder) continues to make progress while pitching in extended spring training. "It's just a matter of trying to build him up and continuing to try to build some arm strength, as well as continuing to take steps forward to allow him to repeat his mechanics," GM Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But so far, so good."

EDGE Analysis

Huntington said Masterson gradually has stretched out his outings to four innings, while his velocity has increased as well. The righty struggled in 2015, compiling a 5.61 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 59.1 innings before undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September.

Justin Masterson
P FA
1 year ago

Masterson (shoulder) agreed to a minor league deal with the Pirates on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Masterson held a showcase in late March for teams to demonstrate that he had recovered from shoulder surgery in September. He impressed the Pirates organization enough for them to take a minor league flier on him, but there's no word on which affiliate he'll be assigned to at this point. The Pirates' rotation appears to be cemented at the major league level, but Masterson could potentially be called up later in the season to eat up some innings out of the bullpen.

Justin Masterson
P FA
1 year ago

Masterson (shoulder) plans on throwing at a showcase in late March, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander has bounced around several different organizations since his All-Star season with the Indians in 2013 and was most recently with the Red Sox last season before being released in August. He is attempting to make a comeback after undergoing shoulder surgery in September and, according to Cotillo, Masterson will have plenty of interested parties at his showcase. Still, even if he lands a deal with a major league club, there isn't a particularly high fantasy ceiling for a 31-year-old pitcher that is coming off multiple injury-shortened seasons.

Justin Masterson
P FA
2 years ago

Masterson has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Masterson is expected to be as close to full health as he's been in two years by the time spring training arrives. A free agent after his release from Boston, the right-hander will look to catch on with a new club. His first opportunity offered will likely be a low-risk deal, such as a minor league contract or non-roster invite to camp.

Justin Masterson
P FA
2 years ago

Masterson will have his expected start Wednesday against the Marlins, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

The Red Sox will only play five games in the final week of the first half, so they'll elect to run a four-man rotation for a little while in order to get their top starters on the hill. Masterson should be available in a relief role throughout the week.