Re: Red Sox plan to convert Masterson into reliever after Triple-A stint
Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Good move by the Sox. Masterson's delivery does not look like it would wear well for long under a starter's workload.
I doubt the Sox want to move him, but keep in mind that if the Reds acquired him, they're getting a guy Boston did not believe in as a starter, long-term.
I don't think that's necessarily true. They have at least 6 quality starting pitchers, a shaky bullpen, and a lot more off days in the 2nd half schedule than they had in the first half. They're hoping to avoid making this season's version of a Gagne trade. It's the right move, but it's not necessarily a permanent one. That depends more on how much Masterson's stuff plays up in the bullpen and what their needs are for pitching in the future.
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