"That's more for management side of things, more for [the media], and more for the fans and stuff like that," Chad Durbin said. "We're trying to get where we need to be and not worry about outside variables. The other stuff will come into play."Durbin, who signed a one-year, $900,000 contract, can relieve, something he did for the Tigers last season. The righty made 19 starts and 17 relief appearances for Jim Leyland, and could fill a similar role for the Phillies. "Whatever they need," Durbin said. "They pay the money and they get the right to tell you what to do. I want to be as flexible as I can for them. If the role is going to be defined early as one thing, then develops into something else later on, you have to be open to that." Considering the Phillies used a franchise-record 28 pitchers last season, Durbin will see plenty of innings. He tossed 99 2/3 of his 127 2/3 innings as a starter, and 28 out of the bullpen. Either choice is fine with him. "They're trying to make the team better and that trumps everything," Durbin said. "Unfortunately, Murphy's Law of baseball works that if something is going wrong, it will, and it catches you off guard. You have to be ready for anything. The phone may ring at any time." At some point, Manuel will make his selection. Eaton insists that he's given little thought to the many starting candidates in camp. "It makes our team stronger," Eaton said. "We got a bunch of pitchers in camp. We all should be looking at that. I think I've established myself as a big leaguer. I'm getting paid extremely handsomely, probably more than I'm worth -- but everyone is not worth what they're getting paid. If you don't like the competition, what are you doing here?"
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.