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MLB Trade Rumors: Justin Masterson For Sale

With less than two days left before the Major League Baseball trade deadline the Cleveland Indians appear to be sellers more than buyers. As of Sunday, Cleveland was only six games out of first place in the American League Central behind Detroit and Chicago and five games out of one of the wild card spots.

That gap may be enough for Cleveland to trade its opening day starter, however, as Justin Masterson is on the trading block according to sources:

Both the Red Sox and Rangers sent scouts to watch Masterson Saturday night in Minnesota, but he did not pitch well. After shutting out the Twins for the first three innings, Masterson allowed 10 runs (eight earned) over the next 2 2/3, to raise his ERA to 4.47.

The Indians have also fielded calls about right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (the Pirates have shown interest) and closer Chris Perez, but it appears doubtful that Perez will be moved.

This comes after a disastrous weekend in which the Minnesota Twins swept the Indians to deal a severe blow to Cleveland's hopes.

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