Justin Masterson did not have to fly to St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday because he and the Indians reached a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

Masterson signed for $9.762,500. It was just below the midpoint of the parties' two filing numbers. Masterson filed at $11.8 million and the Indians countered at $8.05 million.

Before the deal was announced, Masterson said that significant progress was made Monday night.
“We’ve done some work,” said Masterson. “Honestly, I think we’re really close to making something happen without flying. We’ve both moved a little bit,” he said. “We’re both trying to make something happen.”

Masterson and his agent, Randy Rowley, were scheduled to fly to St. Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon. His arbitration case was scheduled for Thursday. The midpoint of the two offers was $9.925 million.