Per Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have offered starting pitcher Justin Masterson a one-year contract.
Just had Red Sox offer to Justin Masterson clarified to me by a major league source. It’s a one year offer.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 9, 2014
Masterson, 29, started 2014 with the Cleveland Indians before being dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals at the trade deadline. Over the course of 128 2/3 innings between the two teams, Masterson posted a lackluster 5.88 ERA, with 116 strikeouts and 69 walks.
Before the mid-season trade in 2014, Masterson had been with Cleveland since 2009, flashing decent numbers along the way. In 2013, Masterson had a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings.
If Masterson was to return to Boston, this wouldn’t be his first experience with the club. The Red Sox selected him in the second-round of the 2006 amateur draft, and spent time as one of their top prospects. Masterson made his major league debut with Boston in 2008, and posted a 3.16 ERA in 88 1/3 innings pitched.
On July 31st, 2009, Masterson was traded along with Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price to the Cleveland Indians for slugger Victor Martinez.
The details, aside from the length, of the contract are still unclear, however. Given Boston’s need for starting pitching, it’s easy to see Masterson coming in and playing a middle-of-the-rotation role.