Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson released by the Red Sox

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Justin Masterson and his $9.5 million contract predictably passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox and the veteran right-hander has now been released.

That means Masterson is free to sign with any team for whatever contract he can get after posting a 5.61 ERA in 59 innings for the Red Sox split between the rotation and bullpen.

He should be able to latch on somewhere as a middle reliever, but Masterson will probably be looking at an incentive-laden deal this offseason.