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Predicting the Philadelphia Phillies' Opening Day 25-Man Roster for 2013
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The Philadelphia Phillies are having the kind of season that already has fans looking forward to next year. 

So while the Phillies try and make an improbable run back into the postseason race here in 2012, it certainly isn't too soon to take a look at the roster moving forward and try and make sense of what the Phillies 25-man roster could look like on Opening Day 2013. 

Some of the names are obvious. The Phillies have made big commitments to guys like Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, and those guys aren't going anywhere. 

However, the Phillies also made a couple of deals at the trade deadline involving guys like Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence in an attempt to free up some space under the luxury tax for flexibility this winter. 

Some of the guys on next year's roster are already here. Others are in the minor leagues. Even more are on the free agent and trade markets. 

One thing is for certain: If the Phillies are going to win in 2013, they'll need to be creative in some areas of the roster.

Here's what they should do. 

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