While Chip Kelly and Manti Te'o were hogging headlines Wednesday, the Phillies signed three pitchers — Aaron Cook, Juan Cruz and Rodrigo Lopez — to minor-league deals with nonroster invites to Spring Training with the big-league club.
All three pitchers have seen time in the majors, but all are considered longshots to make the majors.
Cook's signing was reported Wednesday morning, while Cruz's leaked out Tuesday night and Lopez's had been reported as far back as last week. The club officially announced all three Wednesday afternoon.
Cook went 4-11 last season with the Red Sox with a less-than-encouraging 5.65 ERA. He infamously struck out just 1.9 batters per nine innings, and only struck out 20 in 94 innings of work. He started the year well, but tapered off by season's end.
Phillies sign pitchers to minor-league deals
Courier-Post | Jan 17