Masterson, Indians agree to 1-year deal Pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians will avoid arbitration. April 28, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson (63) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Peter G. Aiken / USA TODAY Sports By Connor Kiesel Feb 18, 2014 at 2:40p ET Pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians will avoid arbitration. The two sides have come to an agreement on a 1-year deal, the team said. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting a salary figure on the deal. Masterson gets $9.7625M, below midpoint. #indians— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 18, 2014 And here's what that "below midpoint" part means: Indians, Masterson agree on 1-year deal for $9.7625M. He wanted $11.8M, Indians offered $8.05....that's below the midpoint ($9.925M).— Tony Lastoria (@TonyIBI) February 18, 2014 A number of reporters spoke with Masterson Tuesday morning and the pitcher said he saw a resolution most likely forthcoming. Masterson said he feels he and Indians are "really close" to a 1-year deal. Hopes to avoid afternoon flight to Fla.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 18, 2014 Masterson's arbitration hearing was scheduled for Thursday. The Indians have won arbitration cases against Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin this offseason.