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It was a rocky 2012 season for the rotation of the Indians.
In the American League, Cleveland ranked last in ERA at a 4.78 average and finished second to last in total strikeouts and second to last in wins.
With Derek Lowe and Jeanmar Gomez no longer part of the Tribe's rotation, Cleveland must find a way to improve its starting pitching.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez have the first two spots in the rotation locked up to begin the season.
Joining Cleveland's starting five this season is Brett Myers, who spent last year with the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros as a closer. Spending most of his career as a starter, he is in line to be the third pitcher according to ESPN's depth chart.
Then the puzzle becomes trickier. Among the main starters for the Indians in 2012, Zach McAllister led the team in ERA at 4.24 and should have the best shot at earning a spot for 2013.
One of Cleveland's starters from 2012, Josh Tomlin, is expected to be out until late August from having Tommy John surgery at the end of last year (per CBS Sports).
However, returning from Tommy John surgery is Carlos Carrasco, who missed all of the 2012 season. He pitched for the Indians from 2009 to 2011 and was one of the main starters in 2011.
Another pitcher looking to make an impact for Cleveland's pitching is Trevor Bauer.
Bauer was acquired by the Indians from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the three-way trade between the two teams and the Cincinnati Reds. Bauer was a third overall pick by the Diamondbacks just a year-and-a-half ago, but was traded after struggling in his rookie season.
While all of these pitchers are right-handed, the one lefty expected to be given a chance is David Huff. Huff spent much of the 2012 season in the minors before being called up in September to finish the season with the Tribe.
Also of note, ESPN.com has reported that the Indians signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract and will see if he can make a comeback to the majors. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox the last six seasons with Francona managing five of them.
The first three spots appear to be set for the Indians. However, finding some consistency on the back end of the rotation is something Cleveland hasn't had in a long time.
McAllister has been the most consistent of the bunch. Carrasco will look to impress the coaching staff after an 8-9 record in 2011.
Bauer has great potential and could be a huge steal in the trade if the original hype pans out. If Huff impresses enough, he might have an advantage in earning a spot because he is the only left-hander in the mix.
Dice-K is a low-risk, high-reward scenario with his minor league contract and great numbers from a few season ago. Perhaps Francona has something up his sleeve that will surprise the baseball world.
The progress of these pitchers is arguably the hottest topic for Cleveland's spring training.