So how on Earth could Cleveland not finish negotiations with current #1 starter Justin Masterson and keep him long-term?
That is the question on everyone’s mind this morning after news broke Thursday night that extension talks between Masterson and the team are over. The typical ranting and raving over the cheap Dolans and the stupid front office and other typical complaints followed.
But what if Cleveland is making a reasonable decision?
First, let’s go over what we know (it is also important to note that each of these offers would be tacked on top of Masterson’s $9.7 million contract he already signed for 2014).
Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reported Thursday night that Masterson’s side offered a two-year contract for $35 million and a three-year contract for roughly $51 million. Both of these come out to about $17 million per season.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that Cleveland’s counter was a two-year deal with a club option. That offer carried around a $14 million per season salary.
On one hand, the difference between Masterson’s two-year, $35 million contract and Cleveland’s two-year, $28 million contract does not seem like much; split the difference, call it two years, $31.5 million, and sign on the dotted line. But in reality, these contracts are much farther apart. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, March 21, 2014