Red Sox agree to sign right-hander Masterson to one-year deal
DEC 11, 1:20p ET | AP
Rotowire: Feb 5 / 4:43a ET
News: Masterson had a bullpen session at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers and reported "nothing hurts" afterward, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: The significance of his "nothing hurts" comment is that Masterson didn't feel this way last February, when he first threw bullpen sessions following a September 2013 oblique injury. He said he didn't prepare himself properly leading up to the 2014 season, a year in which Masterson finished with an ERA of 5.88 in 25 combined starts between Cleveland and St. Louis.
StatsLLC: Dec 12 / 12:00a ET
News: Masterson and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract.
Impact: Masterson made 25 starts for Cleveland and St. Louis last season, going a combined 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA. Masterson, an All-Star in 2013, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006. He went 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA for Boston from 2008-09 before he was traded to the Indians in a deal that brought Victor Martinez to Fenway Park.
Rotowire: Dec 11 / 9:28a ET
News: Masterson agreed to terms with the Red Sox on Thursday, ESPN reports.
Impact: After opening the season as the Indians' ace, Masterson experienced knee issues that landed him on the disabled list. After a deadline deal that sent him to St. Louis, the Cardinals made the call to move him to the bullpen, where he posted a disappointing 3-3 record and 7.04 ERA. It's unclear how the Sox intend to use Masterson, who began his major league career in Boston, but he'll likely be given an opportunity to prove he can return to a starting role.