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.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.