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This spot is available until Colby Lewis comes off the DL.
The fifth spot in the rotation will be the Rangers’ most competitive position battle of spring training, and the list of candidates has produced no clear front-runner yet.
There are three players to keep under close surveillance: Martin Perez, Justin Grimm and Robbie Ross.
Perez is possibly an early favorite. The 21-year-old has long been the team’s top pitching prospect. He made a cameo in the big leagues last season, finishing 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA.
Grimm will also make his case. After dominating in Double-A Frisco, the 24-year-old was called up last season and made two starts.
Ross is the most interesting candidate. He was a surprise inclusion to the roster in 2012 and pitched very well in his role as left-handed specialist (6-0 with a 2.22 ERA). However, the Rangers’ bullpen isn't what it was a year ago, so that’s probably where Ross best serves the team. This could change if he blows away the competition during spring training.
Texas also signed Kyle McClellan and Randy Wells, who are lower-profile players, but they could still make a run for the spot.