(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – And then there were three. The Cleveland Indians have worked their way through difficult decisions when it comes to the final spot in the starting rotation leaving Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer as the final three candidates for the coveted spot.
On Sunday general manager Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona informed veteran right-hander Aaron Harang that he would not make the big league club out of spring training.
Francona confirmed that Carrasco, Tomlin and Bauer are the final three candidates for the last job in the starting rotation. Whoever wins that spot will likely pitch fourth in the rotation which would line up to be the Tribe’s home opener April 4 vs. the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.
So far, the Indians rotation looks like this:
1. Justin Masterson
2. Corey Kluber
3. Zach McAllister
4. Undecided (Carrasco, Tomlin or Bauer?)
5. Danny Salazar
The Indians are still being cautious with Salazar, who may not make his 2014 debut until April 8.
As for Harang, he can opt out of his Minor League contract with the Indians on Monday, March 24 in order to try and find another big league pitching job. Francona has maintained he feels Harang is a big league pitcher. However, if Harang does not exercise his opt-out, he would be in line for a $100,000 bonus and would likely start the season at Triple-A Columbus.
More decisions regarding the Tribe’s roster are expected in the coming days including DL situations with Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi, as well as third base, bench spots and bullpen jobs.
- Nick Camino