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SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
The Indians rotation is led by a trio of veterans in Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers, and Zach McAllister is all but a lock for a rotation spot as well.
The fifth starter spot is entirely up in the air, though, and there are a solid six candidates vying for the spot.
The biggest names are veterans Daisuke Matsuzaka and Scott Kazmir, both of whom were signed to minor league deals and coming off of rough seasons.
David Huff is out of options, but he is more likely to wind up as the team's long reliever than fifth starter. Corey Kluber was passable in 12 starts as a 26-year-old last season, but he is little more than organizational depth.
Top prospect Trevor Bauer was acquired from the Diamondbacks, and he will be in the rotation one way or another this coming season.
The best option may be 25-year-old right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA in 21 starts back in 2011, and while he still has an option, he could very well emerge as the best of the group.
Candidate 2012 Stats
Trevor Bauer (22 GS, 12-2, 2.42 ERA, 157 K, 130.1 IP in minors)
Carlos Carrasco (Injured-did not play in 2012)
David Huff (6 G, 4 GS, 3-1, 3.38 ERA, 19 K, 26.2 IP)
Scott Kazmir (14 GS, 3-6, 5.34 ERA, 51 K, 64 IP in Indy League)
Corey Kluber (12 GS, 2-5, 5.14 ERA, 54 K, 63 IP)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (11 GS, 1-7, 8.28 ERA, 41 K, 45.2 IP)
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