Pirates Sign Justin Masterson to Minor League Deal

Pirates Sign Justin Masterson to Minor League Deal
John Dreker

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to sign 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson to a minor league deal. He pitched last season for the Boston Red Sox, where he made nine starts and nine relief appearances, posting a 5.61 ERA in 59.1 innings.

We have heard that the Pirates were connected to Masterson multiple times this off-season, so it looks like they finally were able to agree on a suitable deal. Masterson was once a top pitcher with the Cleveland Indians not that long ago. In 2014, he made 25 starts and threw 128.2 innings, with a 5.88 ERA and 116 strikeouts, so he has had two straight down seasons. Before that he had a 3.45 ERA in 2013 and averaged over 200 innings per season from 2011-1...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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