Red Sox agree to sign right-hander Masterson to one-year deal
Justin Masterson and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract.
The team announced the free-agent signing Thursday night. Masterson made 25 starts for Cleveland and St. Louis last season, going a combined 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA.
FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted the deal is for $9.5 million with $2.5 million in incentives.
Masterson with #RedSox: One year, $9.5M plus 500K for 185, 190, 195, 200, 205 innings; $2.5M total possible incentives.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2014
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.
In all, the 29-year-old Masterson is 60-72 with a 4.24 ERA over seven major-league seasons and 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in the postseason.
The Red Sox have been trying to rebuild their rotation after trading four-fifths of it away last summer en route to a last-place finish in the AL East. They acquired righty Rick Porcello from the Tigers earlier Thursday, and sources had lefty Wade Miley arriving in a trade from Arizona.