Cleveland has three rotation spots penciled in for now: Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona, and Justin Masterson.
If those three spots are only in pencil, what will the other two be in?
Whatever they use to write the names in those two spots certainly won't be anything more permanent than a pencil.
As it stands, all of the following are in consideration for those spots: Carlos Carrasco, David Huff, Aaron Laffey, Yohan Pino, Hector Rondon, Jeremy Sowers, and Mitch Talbot.
Realistically, any one of those names—excluding Pino—could very well pitch their way into a spot on the team. That's how wide open the battle currently is.
Players like Sowers and Talbot have no options years left. Talbot also has a better case because he's a new addition to the club.
Others like Huff and Laffey have experience, and past successes to boast of when stating their cases.
Rondon and Carrasco each have the mystique of being heralded prospects with abilities people can't wait to see in action.
It really could come down to who performs best. Many favor Mitch Talbot because it's his last chance to impress Cleveland, and others like Aaron Laffey because of his past success at the major league level.
That leaves Cleveland's 2009 wins leader, David Huff, back in Columbus to start the year.
What these pitchers are really battling for is the first shot. If the Indians' rotation is in as much turmoil as some say, all seven of these guys could eventually get a shot at the rotation at some point this season. For that reason alone, I could realistically see Jeremy Sowers and Mitch Talbot both winning jobs because it may be their last shot.