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Juan Cruz signs minor league contract with Phillies

Jan 16, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Phillies, according to Jon Heyman of

Last offseason Cruz signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract and was released in August despite posting a 2.78 ERA in 36 innings at age 33. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was much less impressive at 33-to-19, but he’s had an ERA below 4.00 in five of the past six seasons and could be a useful middle reliever in Philadelphia.

Cruz’s deal includes an invitation to spring training. Last year he refused to pitch in the minors, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens if he doesn’t win an Opening Day gig.

  1. ryanrockzzz - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    like it. I’m glad to see the Phillies try an alternative approach this year. The team that spends for the top guys hardly ever comes out a WS winner that year, so I’m liking the depth they are adding.

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