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Zac Gallen will have to 'earn' fifth starter job

by Brendan Tuma | Diamondbacks Correspondent | Fri, Feb 7th 10:16pm EST

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com writes Zac Gallen will have to earn the final spot in Arizona's rotation this spring. (MLB.com)

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D'Backs manager Torey Lovullo indicated that Gallen will get "strong consideration" for the job but wouldn't fully commit to the young right-hander. Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, Mike Leake, and Luke Weaver figure to get the first four spots. That would leave Gallen competing with Alex Young and Merrill Kelly for the final turn through the order. There's an argument to be made that Gallen is currently the best pitcher on the Diamondbacks pitching staff so we aren't too worried about him winning the job. He posted 2.5 WAR in just 80 innings between Miami and Arizona last season.

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