Hughes wins fifth starter derby

Joe Girardi announced the news here in Sarasota:

“We evaluated the whole spring. I’m very excited with the improvement in his changeup. To me, that made a big difference in who he is. Our decision is for him to be the fifth starter, and all the other guys are competing to be in the bullpen.”

So that’s settled. What’s left? Girardi still wants to get more looks at Boone Logan and Royce Ring, but there’s not a lot. Sounds like Marcus Thames can expect to see Boston, and Ramiro Pena became a lock last night.

“This was the biggest decision, because things hinge on it.”

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