2012 Reds

Reds reach 2-year agreement with Nick Masset

The Reds tweeted that the organization and Nick Masset have come to terms on a two-year contract worth a reported $5.5 million in guaranteed money, plus incentives.  Masset had filed for arbitration at $2.9 million for 2012 and the Reds had countered with $2.1 million.

John Fay is reporting that this deal extends Masset beyond his arbitration years and includes his first year of free agency.  But Masset is a super-two player so he is eligible for four years of arbitration.  He has just over four years of service time so this contract would buy out the final two years of team control.  He is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

8 thoughts on “Reds reach 2-year agreement with Nick Masset

  1. As long as Masset can get some rest this year and not run up his innings, he can bring those wicked pitches out with him everytime. I like the extension.

  2. I like the extension because two years of relatively cheap cost certainty should move Masset to the head of the line when the Reds want to move some payroll from their overcrowded pen.

  3. Great. The right price for what he can do. Very good.

    When he’s on, lights out.

  4. Nice move, makes perfect sense. I really hope Bryan Price drills the importance of getting strike 1 to Masset in spring training. When Masset is off, he is nibbling instead of attacking, and using every pitch in his repertoire instead of focusing on his two best pitches to get ahead in the count. As nice as it is to have Madsen and Marshall, it is equally important Masset have a good season because he will see an equal number of high leverage situations.

  5. Walt’s killing it this offseason. It’s always best to buy low. Massett cannot possibly be overworked in 2012 the way he has been, so he is likely to revert back to form.

    • Walt’s killing it this offseason. It’s always best to buy low. Massett cannot possibly be overworked in 2012 the way he has been, so he is likely to revert back to form.

      Adding Francis on a minor league deal continues with Walt’s ‘killing it.’ Mr. Crickets no more….

  6. @Sultan of Swaff: You are exactly right on your comments about Masset. If he pitched as you suggested, I would not be hoping to see him leaving town. He washed out as starter because he couldn’t control all his stuff; and he hasn’t learned as a reliever that he doesn’t need it all.

    Still some folks rave about how good his stuff is. No stuff is good when it too often ends up in the hitting zone or so far out of the strike zone that it can’t draw swings at basically unhittable pitches no matter where they are thrown.

    Also I think for Masset, being around Hanigan is not necessarily healthy a plus. A number of times with that combination working together early count advantage got frittered away on too bad waste pitches and nibblers and then the batter could sit on what was coming next at 3-2 or 2-2

    • Still some folks rave about how good his stuff is. No stuff is good when it too often ends up in the hitting zone or so far out of the strike zone that it can’t draw swings at basically unhittable pitches no matter where they are thrown.

      There’s a difference between having good stuff and being awesome. That’s why we say “Nick Masset has great stuff, but he needs to do X,Y,and Z” and not just “Nick Masset is awesome.”

      When someone says a pitcher has “good stuff” it usually means they throw hard, and/or have good movement, and/or have offspeed pitches that are very deceptive.

      You don’t have to have good stuff to be awesome, but more awesome pitchers have good stuff than not, so when you see a pitcher with good stuff, even if he’s not awesome yet, you get excited about the possibility of him becoming awesome.

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