WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The battle for the Astros’ fifth starter spot is far from over.

Both candidates, right-hander Brad Peacock and left-hander Framber Valdez, could get as many as three more opportunities to state their cases before camp breaks March 24. As their outings increase in length, the team’s braintrust of president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch has a greater sample to inform their decision.

A lot can happen in three weeks. But to date, the 31-year-old Peacock has indisputably outperformed the 25-year-old Valdez, who has struggled with command. Yet because of his value to the bullpen, Peacock might also need to more convincingly win the job to actually beat out Valdez.

As they continue to consider multiple opening day roster configurations, the Astros will weigh the difference between Peacock and Valdez as their fifth starter against Peacock’s worth as a reliever. They can learn only so much from…

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