Every day at 8 a.m., Chad Durbin can be found at his locker, tucked away in the corner of the massive clubhouse at Bright House Field.

He often wanders around the spacious chamber, chatting with his nearby relievers or heading over to the opposite corner of the room to talk shop with infield guys like Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young and Ryan Howard. It seems like he never left.

Two years ago, Durbin wanted to remain in Philadelphia for his fourth season with the club. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made Durbin’s camp an offer, and they subsequently countered with their own proposal. Before the Phillies responded, they signed Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million deal that left Amaro with little money to spend and Durbin was forced to look elsewhere.

“They were out of money,” Durbin said. “It came down to both sides wanting to be together, but it just didn’t work out.”

Two years later, he’s back in his familiar red-and-white spring training uniform, prepping for the 2013 season with guys he’s all too familiar with.

“It’s been an easy transition. It doesn’t feel like two years, to be honest,” Durbin said. “Turnover in players and coaches and some stuff like that, but the majority of the core is still here. That makes it easy to come in here and be myself.”