MLB: 7 Available Starting Pitchers to Complete the Ideal 2013 Indians Rotation

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MLB: 7 Available Starting Pitchers to Complete the Ideal 2013 Indians Rotation
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The 2012 Cleveland Indians starting pitchers went 48-76 with a 5.25 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. The group allowed the most hits in baseball (1,026), the second-most earned runs (533) and issues the second-most walks (351).

With all of those guys reaching base, whether by a hit or free pass, and coming around, it's no wonder the team had trouble winning.

In 2013, the team will probably have some new faces in the rotation. Roberto Hernandez's option was declined and he is now a free agent, but the club also has some internal candidates to fill the rotation.

Justin Masterson (11-15, 4.93 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (9-17, 5.40 ERA) can be penciled in as the current No. 1 and No. 2 starters. While they struggled in 2012, both of the right-handers have show enough talent to warrant one more year to prove what they can do. Zach McAllister (6-8, 4.24 ERA) showed enough in his 22 starts to become a long-term fixture to the group, as well.

Those are the only three spots that are set in stone and those three could easily become the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 starters if the Cleveland Indians seek external candidates to upgrade their rotation, as Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff are the only current pitchers on their roster ready to step in.

With the winter meetings taking place this week, there will be several trades and a lot of action in the free-agent market. Here, you'll find seven free-agent starting pitchers who could help stabilize the Indians' rotation in 2013.

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