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Masterson may join Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox may be interested in signing St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson, according to the New England Sports Network.

It will be interesting to see what sort of contract the tall righty commands. He won in double figures from 2011-13. But he spent much of 2014 on the disabled list and stunk it up after being traded to the Redbirds at the end of July.

St. Louis paid a dear price for Masterson, giving up highly-touted minor league outfielder James Ramsey. But there doesn't seem to be much of an opportunity to get healthy and make good with the Cardinals in 2015. The Cardinals have Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha penciled into the rotation with Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales hoping to bust in and Jaime Garcia trying to come back from an injury.

So there really isn't much room for a project.

The biggest loss, as Masterson walks away isn't his performance on the field. It's the advice he gave to Miller that helped him hone his command and turn the corner in 2014. I wonder if Miller, who has a reputation for inconsistency, will suffer a step back without his tutor.