Scott Kazmir was certainly the leader in the clubhouse for the fifth spot, but with the moves today optioning Trevor Bauer, Scott Barnes and Corey Kluber, it all but guarantee the spot belongs to Kazmir.
Bauer of course was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Choo to the Reds and netted the Indians Drew Stubbs and Bauer. In his spring start yesterday, Bauer was roughed up a bit by the Angels. He struggled mightily in the third inning and did not come back out for the fourth, though he was scheduled to pitch five. He gave up four runs, three of them earned and walked three.
Bauer has not had the consistency that the Indians would have needed to see for him to make the opening day roster. For the spring he has a 4.5 ERA with 9 strikeouts and 4 walks. Kazmir has been lights out this spring. He has yet to give up a run in Cactus League play.
Scott Barnes has also pitched well this spring. He will start the season in Columbus and certainly get an opportunity to fill in as the Indians need starting pitching down the road this season.