You know spring training is getting closer when the news of players signing minor league deals keep popping up.

The Phillies have signed pitchers Aaron Cook and Juan Cruz to minor league deals, the team announced on Twitter on Wednesday. All three have been invited to major league camp, the team said in a press release.

Jon Morosi from FOXSports.com broke the news about Cook, whose deal is said to be worth $1.625 million if he gets to the big leagues.

Cook, 33, spent the first 10 years of his career with the Rockies, who drafted him in 1997. He started 18 games for the Red Sox last year. Only twice has Cook had a season ERA under 4.00 (last time was 2008). The last three years his ERA was 5.08, 6.03, 5.25 respectively.