It's Super Bowl Sunday and you know what that means. It won't be long before the mitts start popping in spring training camps in Florida and Arizona.
The Phillies will hold their first workout Feb. 13 and one of the biggest storylines in camp – the makeup of the bullpen – will immediately come into focus.
On paper, the Phils' bullpen appears to be much improved thanks to the addition of Mike Adams. The Phils blew 13 eighth-inning leads in 2012 and Adams, one of the best setup men in the game, should plug that leak.
The recent signing of Chad Durbin gives the Phils a level-headed veteran who can fill a number of roles and pass along some wisdom to the passel of young relievers that the club has stockpiled. Durbin's arrival means four bullpen jobs, barring injury, are essentially claimed: Closer Jonathan Papelbon, Adams, lefty Antonio Bastardo and Durbin. Charlie Manuel typically goes with a seven-man bullpen. That could lead to some spirited spring competition as a host of relievers compete for just three open jobs.
Performance will ultimately decide how this thing shakes out. In the meantime, on this final day of the football season, let's try to crystal-ball things a little.
Lots of competition, few jobs in Phillies' bullpen
CSN Philly | Feb 3