Spring Training officially opens in two weeks, but that hasn’t stopped several Phillies from getting an early jump on the action.
Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Kyle Kendrick are among the early arrivals to camp, Tweeted top right-handed prospect Jarred Cosart yesterday. Other noteworthy players include pitchers Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Mike Zagurski and Scott Mathieson, all of whom will join the big league camp constituency this spring. The Phillies typically announce non-roster invites to several young prospects too, as they did with Tyson Gillies and Phillippe Aumont a season ago; both are already in camp. Cosart himself could receive such a late invitation, as could outfielder Jiwan James, who is also there.
Grilli appears to have finalized deal: Speaking of Twitter, Beerleaguer broke news yesterday of Jason Grilli tipping his status with this Tweet: “This Italian Stallion is fired up about the City of Brotherly Love! Balboa workouts paid off and ready to go!” Follow Grilli's Twitter here.
Door still open for Durbin: CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that a person close to Chad Durbin says the free-agent reliever continues to mull several offers, including one from the Phillies. "The door is definitely not closed,’” the source told Salisbury. “He wants to go back to Philly.” Durbin is reportedly seeking a two-year deal and an annual raise over last season’s $2.15M figure.
Savery pegged for Double-A first base? Many people thought the Phillies would lose former first-round pick Joe Savery to the Rule 5 draft after he was left unprotected, but the Phils were able to keep him. Last week, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle caught up with Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper to get a status update on the pitcher-turned-first baseman. "He's a good-looking hitter," Looper said. "We want to give him a chance." Savery will play first base when minor league camp opens. When asked if he has a shot at Reading’s opening at first, Looper said "That's a spring training question, (but) I wouldn't be surprised."