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The Cincinnati Reds right-hander will hit the open market after the 2014 season.
He is seeking $11.6 million in his final year of arbitration, with the Reds countering with $8.7 million, though a long-term extension remains a possibility.
The 29-year-old has gone 24-22 with a 3.58 ERA the past two years, finally living up to his potential. In what will likely be a thin free-agent market, he could reach $100 million, but something like a five-year, $85 million deal may be more realistic.
After going 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA in 2011, the Cleveland Indians turned to Justin Masterson as their Opening Day starter the following season.
He took a step backwards though, going 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 2012 and making himself a trade candidate last offseason.
The Indians opted to hold onto him, and he responded with the best season of his career, going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and an AL-best three shutouts.
He's looking for $11.8 million in his final years of arbitration with the Indians offering up $8.05 million, and he too could be extended. He has an outside chance at $100 million on the open market, but will likely come up short.
The Washington Nationals pulled off perhaps the best trade of the offseason when they acquired Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers for a three-player package. He joins an already loaded starting rotation, and may well be the best No. 4 starter in baseball.
He's looking for $8.5 million in arbitration this offseason with the Nationals offering $5.75 million.
He has one final season of arbitration eligibility next offseason, and with prospects A.J. Cole and Lucas Giolito working their way up the system, the Nationals could opt to let him walk once he hits free agency. By the 2016 offseason, he may well be a $100 million pitcher, but at this point he comes up just short.