Recent history tells us the Phillies' 12th pitcher hasn't arrived yet.
Quick trivia: Who was awarded the last spot in Charlie Manuel's bullpen at the end of 2008 spring training? If you answered Tim Lahey, you are correct, and if you said "Who the hell is Tim Lahey," you wouldn't be alone. Lahey was a Rule 5 pick by the Cubs who couldn't win over Lou Pinella. The big righthander came available and was claimed off waivers by the Phils on March 28, and as a Rule 5 player, was to be carried on the 25-man roster by rule. He never pitched an inning and was released when the team acquired Rudy Seanez. (And judging from this photo, the only time he wore red pinstripes was on the screen of a PR person with access to Photoshop.)
It was basically the same situation in 2007, when the Phillies broke camp with the likes of Joe Bisenius and Zach Segovia. Bisenius was later demoted for a guy scouts had been monitoring all spring: Francisco Rosario, who was out of options with Toronto. Rosario would remain Phillies property through two injury-plagued seasons. The club finally released him in October.
So for those who think they have a beat on the Phillies' motives, it would be wise to hold your horses. They're still the Phillies we know and love: discount shoppers anxious to find treasure among baseball's Value Village.