This one might just be bigger than Lebron James’ return to Cleveland.
According to Buster Onley on twitter, the Boston Red Sox signed a familiar face in Justin Masterson who is coming off the weakest year of his career. He is set to earn $9.5 million for a one-year deal.
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The Jamaican born pitcher posted a 5.88 ERA in 28 appearances last season, 25 of which were starts. He was not pitching in the best of health (he had a knee injury) and is one year removed from being an All-Star, making it a low-risk high-reward scenario.
In the past of course, Masterson was once a member of the Boston Red Sox and served an important role for the team.
Drafted in the second round of the 2006 MLB draft out of San Diego State University, he made his MLB debut in 2008, and spent the rest of that and the following season as a member of the Boston Red Sox until he was dealt in a package trade that sent Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians to the Boston Red Sox.
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In his time in Boston, Masterson was a swing man who made both starts and relieved, and did so effectively. During his stint in Boston, Masterson made 67 appearances, 15 of which were starts.
Since it seems clear that the club is still in search of a number one starter, it will be interesting to see whether or not the club puts Masterson back into his old role. He could bounce back and pitch effectively as a starter, but the team could also hoard talent and put Masterson in a relief role only to take him out if they need a starter.
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Bringing Justin Masterson back to Boston seems like the move fans will be most happy about as they were disappointed to see him go just five years ago. It seems like he was traded forever ago, but now he is back where he belongs.