The thing about “not going to arbitration since 1991?” Well, with a number of Indians players up for a hearing, you can just about put an end to the idea of that streak stretching to a 23rd year.
On the docket: Michael Brantley, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin and Justin Masterson.
And if the Indians were hoping to lock up their horse soon, it appears now that they will have to wait a little bit longer.
Now, there’s no reason to panic. Justin isn’t going anywhere for the time being, so there’s no real sense of urgency to get something done long-term right now. But with Masterson’s camp and the Indians trying to figure out how to bridge the $3.75 million gap (Masterson is seeking $11.8 million while the Indians have countered with $8.05 million) heading towards the arbitration hearing, you can hear the faint ticking of the proverbial clock if you listen closely enough.
So now the plan is to put a one-year band-aid to give some more negotiation wiggle room, according to Hoynsie.
Masterson is clearly vital to this team, so he’ll probably get the long-term deal that he deserves in due time, so don’t go breaking out in cold sweats. He doesn’t seem to be the type to get fussy with all of the back and forth, and it just feels like something will get done eventually.
Also on the extension front is Jason Kipnis. Although neither side has talked as of yet, he suspects that there will be conversation during spring training. So keep your eyes peeled for that as well.
Two weeks until pitchers and catchers report! Hopefully we’ll have some concrete news to pass along soon!