Although far from flashy, many of Major League Baseball's nonroster contracts with invites to spring training that are inked every offseason end up being rather significant. Oftentimes it is these players, or minor leaguers invited to spring training, who surprise the most and break camp with the big league roster.
For the Philadelphia Phillies, this designation has applied to Raul Valdes and Juan Pierre in recent years. Marlon Byrd was also in this position last spring with the New York Mets. All three of these players had major impacts on their MLB teams, whether positive or negative.
This offseason, the Phillies signed a few notable names to minor league deals and also will bring along some significant prospects to big league camp. Here's a look at the Phillies' top five (in no particular order) nonroster invitees and their odds of cracking the Opening Day roster.