The Cleveland Indians apparently aren't content to have stolen outfield prospect from the St. Louis Cardinals for a broken down pitcher.
Now they're interested in trying to reclaim that hurler on the free agent market.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Tribe has expressed interest in the club's former ace, Justin Masterson, who was damaged goods when he was traded to the Redbirds at the 2014 trade deadline.
Masterson was 3-3 with a 7.04 ERA after arriving in St. Louis. He was extremely fortunate to win two of the three decisions that went in his favor. The struggles were blamed on a lingering knee injury that messed up Masterson's mechanics, limiting the sink on his pitches. About the only benefit the Cardinals got from the acquisition of the tall righty was that he supposedly tutored Shelby Miller, helping his young teammate straighten out some flaws in his delivery.
The Plain Dealer says Cleveland is only interested in a one-year make-good contract for Masterson. During spring training in 2014, the Indians offered Masterson a $45-million contact but he turned it down because he wanted a contract that averaged $17 million per year. Good luck with that.
Masterson will turn 30 in spring training next year and hopes that he can put his injury troubles behind him then return to the open market before the 2016 season, according to the paper.
The Cardinals, who pulled Masterson from the rotation after only six starts, have shown no interest in trying to bring him back with a contract extension.