Indians, Masterson agree to 1-year deal

BY foxsports • January 17, 2012

Right-hander Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with a one-year contract agreement.

Masterson, the Indians' most consistent starter last year, will make $3,825,000, up from $468,400 last season.

Masterson had a breakout season in 2011, going 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA. He also led the Indians with 158 strikeouts and 33 starts. The hard-throwing 26-year-old, who was acquired in 2009 from Boston, was just 6-13 in 2010. However, he opened 5-0 last season and developed into their ace before the club traded for Ubaldo Jimenez.

The Indians once considered moving Masterson into the bullpen, but that no longer seems likely.

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