On the fence for the last week about what to do at the trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians have apparently decided to sell. Already fielding calls for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and closer Chris Perez, the Tribe have now made it known they are open to moving right-hander Justin Masterson, sources have told Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Masterson did not perform well for the scouts, giving up a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work. After a breakout 2011, the 27-year-old right-hander has not been able to replicate that success this season and now owns a 4.47 ERA through 22 starts.
Despite his recent struggles, Masterson's tendency to keep the ball on the ground----a career GB rate of 56.2%----makes him an attractive trade piece. Under team control through the 2014 season, Masterson is making $3.83 million this year.
Who would be a better fit for Masterson: Red Sox or Rangers?