The Phillies signed pitcher Brian Bass, most recently a Pirate, to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training. Bass a 6’2 RHP was the 6th round pick of the Royals in the 2000 MLB draft and spent most of the 2010 season with Indianapolis (AAA), in the Pittsburgh organization, In 41 games, Bass was 4-4 with a 3.26 ERA in his 69 innings of work. Bass allowed 74 hits, walked 23 and struck out 53 for a WHIP of 1.40. Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he will enter Spring Training as a starting pitcher. Bass last was a starter for an extended period in the 2007 season. Bass has thrown 101 games at the major league level, including 4 last year for the Pirates accruing an ERA of 12.27.