The Phillies made a bunch of moves today, as reported by's Todd Zolecki:

They reassigned left-hander Adam Morgan; right-handers J.C. Ramirez and Kyle Simon; infielder Michael Martinez; catcher Tommy Joseph; and third baseman Cody Asche to Minor League camp. They also optioned left-hander Joe Savery, and released outfielder Joe Mather.

They informed right-handers Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin and outfielder Zach Collier they will be optioned Monday.

The Phillies are pinning a lot of their future hopes on Asche and Joseph. Rather than commit a bunch of money to a free agent like Kevin Youkilis, the team decided to trade a couple middling arms to the Rangers for Michael Young and a big chunk of the last year on his contract to avoid committing to a big money, aging player beyond 2013. It appears that Asche will likely get every chance to win the job as early as next spring, and he looked like he might be up to the task this spring, collecting five hits, including two doubles, in 14 at-bats. And with the 34 year old Carlos Ruiz's contract expiring after 2013, Tommy Joseph should figure prominently in the Phillies' future plans as well.