The Phillies have signed 31-year old righty reliever Brian Bass to a minor league deal. Bass pitched in 17 games (13 starts) in AAA-ball for the Astros last year and he was 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors with the Pirates in 2010. Bass has pitched in 101 games (4 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 9-7 with 1 save, a 5.16 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Bass will be a longshot to make the Phillies’ bullpen this spring.