Nick Masset
Nick Masset
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in December of 2015.
PWashington Nationals  
March 28, 2016
Masset was assigned to minor league camp Monday.
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Masset was among several players reassigned by the Nationals on Monday. He'll likely head to Triple-A to start the year after spending much of 2015 in the majors, splitting the year between Atlanta and Miami.
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Masset enjoyed some long-awaited health last season after a pair of shoulder surgeries cost him each of the previous two campaigns and jeopardized his career. The Rockies inked Masset to a minor league deal last offseason with the hope that he would re-emerge as the effective reliever he was with the Reds from 2009-2011, but his previous shoulder issues appear to have permanently diminished the quality of his arsenal. Masset returned to the big leagues in May, and while he experienced some modest initial success, he soon became toxic in a late-inning role. Masset finished with a 5.80 ERA, a 17.1% strikeout rate, and an 11.4% walk rate, all of which were noticeable steps back from his peak years with Cincinnati. It seems dubious that Masset will regain velocity or command as he enters his age-33 season, likely forcing him to settle for a minor league deal again this winter if he plans to keep playing.
At times Masset looks like a closer-worthy reliever, but then he has a few high-profile blowups that prevent him from reaching the elite level. He lost two strikeouts per nine innings last season, and his walk rate crept closer to nearly 4.00 BB/9IP. The Reds brought in Sean Marshall from the Cubs and then signed Ryan Madson as a free agent in the offseason, ensuring that Masset won't close.
Masset has worked himself into the Reds' top setup role, or at least he had before Aroldis Chapman got the late-season callup. Since coming over to the Reds in the Ken Griffey Jr. trade, Masset has raised his strikeout rate each season, going from 5.7 batters per nine innings in 2008 to 10.0 last season. Chapman rightly is considered the next in line for the Reds to close, but don't discount the possibility that Dusty Baker might instead turn to Masset in the event that Francisco Cordero loses the job.
Masset was a pleasant surprise for the Reds, taking over the top setup duties during the season after initially failing to win the fifth starter's job out of spring training. His strikeout rate spiked nearly two batter per nine innings over his 2008 rate (8.29 K/9IP compared to 6.45), while he lowered his walk rate in a similar fashion. Should Francisco Cordero go down with an injury, Masset would be first in line to collect any save chances.
Masset's 2.08 ERA after joining the Reds is a bit of a mirage, though you could say that about nearly any 17-inning sample. But he's not a strikeout artist, and he's averaged 4.5 BB/9IP over his major league career. Even with a better than 2-to-1 G/F, it's worth noting that when he does get the ball up, bad things happen - he allowed three homers with the Reds in just 17.1 innings.
Masset struggled in a relief role with the White Sox, posting a 7.09 ERA and a 1.983 WHIP, before getting sent back to Triple-A in July. He's had some control issues in the past but began to work those out when he joined the rotation at Triple-A. After last year's implosion it's hard to imagine the White Sox considering him for a relief role but that's probably his quickest path to the bigs. If he remains a starter he's ticketed for Triple-A unless he lights it up in the spring.
Masset saw limited time in Texas in 2006, appearing in just eight games. He split the rest of the season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he appeared as both a starter and reliever. There's not much here to distinguish him from your typical bullpen fodder arm, even after his trade to the White Sox in the Brandon McCarthy/John Danks deal.
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PFree Agent  
July 19, 2015
Masset has been released by the Braves, MLB.com reports.
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PAtlanta Braves  
July 5, 2015
Masset was designated for assignment by the Braves on Sunday, Kevin McAlpin of Sports Radio 680 The Fan reports.
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PAtlanta Braves  
May 31, 2015
Masset pitched 1.2 scoreless innings against the Giants on Sunday and earned his first win of the season as Atlanta won the game late.
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PAtlanta Braves  
May 19, 2015
Masset agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Tuesday.
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PMiami Marlins  
May 16, 2015
Masset was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Saturday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
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