Indians and Masterson suspend contract talks

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians have suspended contract talks to focus on preparation for the regular season.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson throws during spring training baseball practice in Goodyear, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said he spoke with Masterson about the talks Friday. The sides may talk about at a new deal at later unspecified time.

Masterson and the Indians avoided arbitration in February with a one-year contract worth $9,726,500. He is eligible for free agency after the season.

Antonetti would not discuss the possibility of a new deal for second baseman Jason Kipnis.