Former Red Sox righty Justin Masterson is on the team's radar. Masterson, who was originally traded from Boston to Cleveland as the main piece of a deadline deal that brought Victor Martinez to Boston. He spend six seasons with the Indians before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals as a part of a deadline deal this past July.
Masterson had by far his worst season as a professional, posting a 5.88 ERA between Cleveland and St. Louis. However, Masterson has shown that he can be a legitimate starter in the Major Leagues, despite never being able to string together multiple impressive seasons. His two best seasons came in 2011 and 2013 when he had 3.21 and 3.45 ERAs to go along with 12 and 14 wins respectively. Unfortunately, there is an ugly 4.93 ERA season sandwiched between those two good seasons. Then, of course, was his dreadful 2014 campaign. That being said, if his trend continues, he will have a very good 2015.
Corey Seidman of CSN Philly believes Masterson could be in line for a Phil Hughes-esque deal, which was three years, $24 million. Gordon Edes reported that the Red Sox were "one of many" teams to call on Masterson.
The Red Sox have a serious need for starting pitching, after trading away 4/5th of the rotation before the deadline. Masterson is by no means the ace that they are in dire need of, but he can be a solid third or fourth starter, if they are unwilling to (or unable to due to trades) turn the back end of the rotation over to the rookies.
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