According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed veteran pitcher Justin Masterson to a Minor League deal.
sources: justin masterson signs minors deal with dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 27, 2017
Masterson last threw a pitch in the majors back in 2015 for the Boston Red Sox. He tossed 59 1/3 innings over 18 games that season. He was recently designated for assignment by the Red Sox, making him a free agent.
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At one point, Masterson was the ace of the Cleveland Indians staff back in 2011 and he was an American League All-Star as a member of the Indians in 2013.
He has a career ERA of 4.31 with over 1200 innings of pitching at the Major League level under his belt.
This looks to be a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Dodgers. Coming at a low price, with a fairly good track record behind him, Justin Masterson could be a good arm for the Dodgers to call upon during the season, should they need him.
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This signing should have no immediate affect on the Dodgers 2017 rotation. Masterson will have to build up innings on his arm down at Triple-A Oklahoma City before he is even considered as an option to come up to the big league club.
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