It's been a big week for the Philadelphia Phillies. More specifically, it's been a big last couple of days for the Phillies.
After news emerged on February 12 that homegrown ace and 2013 Opening Day starter Cole Hamels would not be ready for the opener in 2014, the Phillies' rotation immediately lost depth. Behind Hamels and Cliff Lee, the rotation stood as a bit of an enigma, with the final two spots not even cemented as of yet.
Consequently, hours later, the Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. went out and signed right-handed starter A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $16 million contract with an option for 2015. And a day later, on February 13, minor league signee Chad Gaudin was released after allegedly failing his physical, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
With that all in mind, some of the Phillies' spring training battles have changed. Now that the first four rotation spots are firmly in place, three starters will vie for the fifth starter's job. A couple of other players also will have a stab at making the major league squad, although they may not be in the starting rotation.
Having said that, here are the odds each Phillies player on the bubble has of making the 25-man roster.