Now that MLB spring training is underway, the Philadelphia Phillies are just one of the league's 30 teams gearing up for the 2013 season. Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to the team's spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla. on Feb. 13, and position players are expected to report by no later than tomorrow, Feb. 16.
Between the pitchers and the everyday players, little goes on before the Grapefruit League (Florida) and Cactus League (Arizona) spring training games commence. A few news items will fly by the radar here and there, but until that happens, little to no roster news tends to come about.
However, for the Phillies, there are a few contentions that should be settled by the time spring training games roll around. The first game is an intrasquad match on Friday, Feb. 22, and after that, the first Grapefruit League game occurs the next day, Saturday, Feb. 23. Games will then take place almost every day until the beginning of the regular season.
In order to give some of the Phillies players more time to adjust to certain roles and assignments, it's important that the team establishes these things sooner rather than later. Here are five things the Phillies need to do before the beginning of spring training games.