Report: Justin Masterson, Indians Table Multiyear Contract Talks

Justin MastersonJustin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians are looking to determine the pitcher’s 2014 salary before moving on to bigger things.

Discussions between the Indians and Masterson’s agent, Randy Rowley, regarding a multiyear contract have been shelved, according to Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The two sides reportedly are focused on reaching a one-year deal, with or without the arbitration process.

This doesn’t mean that Masterson, who is set to become a free agent next offseason, won’t eventually ink a multiyear contract with the Tribe. Rather, it speaks to the gap between the two sides in the arbitration process.

Masterson filed for arbitration at $11.8 million, and the Indians countered at $8.05 million. The $3.75 million difference reportedly is the largest gap among any unsigned players who filed for arbitration this winter.

Masterson, who turns 29 in March, went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 2013 after struggling a bit in 2012. The right-hander and the Indians have said that they are open to a multiyear contract, but, according to Hoynes, it’s believed that those talks have gained little, if any, traction.

Masterson’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20 if a deal for 2014 isn’t worked out by then.

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