Heading into the 2011 MLB season, the major headline of the National League East was the Big Four of the Philadelphia Phillies rotation. The four aces dominated most of the season and led the Phillies to their fourth-straight NL East Championship.
Heading into the 2012 MLB season, the Phillies should receive a lot more pressure from the other four teams in their division. With the newly-named Miami Marlins spending spree bringing in three former All-Stars and rising stars Jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson of the Atlanta Braves, the NL East should be more competitive than in the last few years. Here are five headlines that will be talked about during spring training and into the season.