The Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
The 34-year-old Cruz has a 4.05 ERA in 12 years, with 659 strikeouts in 655 innings. He had a 2.78 ERA in 43 appearances for the Pirates last season, but it was a shaky 2.78. Cruz walked 4.8 batters per nine and had a 1.62 WHIP. The Bucs designated him for assignment on Aug. 20 and released him when he refused to go to Triple-A Indianapolis. Cruz has traveled from city to city mostly because he allows too many baserunners. He has a 1.41 WHIP in a career that has seen him play for seven teams.
Cruz goes fastball-cutter-slider-changeup, with the fastball ranging from 93-96 mph.
It's a depth signing for the Phillies, who already have 13 true relievers on the 40-man roster.