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Wil Nieves | Catcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/25/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Wil Nieves will receive an $850,000 base salary if he makes the Padres.
Nieves signed a minor league deal with the Padres on Monday and will receive an invitation to spring training. The 37-year-old has a decent chance to beat out Tim Federowicz for the backup catcher job. Feb 3 - 10:32 AM

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Padres signed C Wil Nieves to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Nieves, 37, appeared in 36 games with the Phillies last season and is a .243/.281/.317 hitter in the majors. He could push Tim Federowicz for the backup catcher job in the spring.
Feb 2 - 5:07 PM

Phillies activated C Wil Nieves from the 15-day disabled list.

Nieves missed over four weeks with a strained right quadriceps. He'll be the Phillies' starting catcher until Carlos Ruiz returns from a concussion later this week.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Wil Nieves (quad) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Nieves has been sidelined since mid-June with a right quad strain. He'll be in line for a few starts until Carlos Ruiz (concussion) returns later in the week.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Wil Nieves (quad) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Nieves will continue his rehab assignment Wednesday at High-A Clearwater, where he'll catch fellow rehabber Cliff Lee (elbow). The veteran backstop will beat Carlos Ruiz (concussion) back from the disabled list and should play regularly until Ruiz is ready.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Wil Nieves (quad) on Saturday played his fourth rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

It was the second game he played at catcher. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that while Nieves is making progress, "it is a little slower than we hoped." It does appear that Nieves will beat Carlos Ruiz (concussion) back from the DL, and he should play regularly behind the plate for a while assuming that's the case.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 09:39:00 AM

Phillies placed C Wil Nieves on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with a right quad strain.

The move clears a spot for Tony Gwynn, Jr.'s return from the bereavement leave list. Cameron Rupp will serve as Carlos Ruiz's backup with Nieves sidelined.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Wil Nieves (quad) hopes to avoid the disabled list.

Nieves tweaked his quad Wednesday after singling in the ninth inning. He had to be helped off the field but sounded fairly optimistic in the clubhouse afterward. Consider the Phillies' backup catcher day-to-day.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Wil Nieves left Wednesday's game versus the Braves with an apparent leg injury.

Nieves came up gimpy after singling in the ninth inning and had to be helped off the field. It looked like something that could send him to the disabled list, but we'll have to what on an update from the Phillies.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Phillies signed C Wil Nieves to a one-year contract.

The financials aren't known, but Nieves is getting a major league deal. The 36-year-old has hit a surprising .299/.323/.381 over the last two seasons for the Rockies and D'Backs, but he's a career .242/.283/.314 hitter who is known more for his defense. He'll back up Carlos Ruiz in 2014.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 02:34:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies will sign Wil Nieves.

No word on whether it's a major or minor league deal. Nieves has batted a surprising .299/.323/.381 over the last two seasons for the Rockies and D'Backs, but he's a career .242/.283/.314 hitter whose value lies with his glove. Nieves figures to compete with Erik Kratz for the Phillies' backup catcher job behind Carlos Ruiz.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 07:39:00 PM

Wil Nieves has just one hit since April 25.

The seldom-used 35-year-old has slashed .280/.321/.280 through 28 plate appearances. Nieves, who entered 2013 a .229/.274/.301 career hitter over nine major league seasons, will continue to play sparingly behind starter Miguel Montero.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:15:00 AM

Diamondbacks re-signed C Wil Nieves to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Nieves was recently non-tendered by the Diamondbacks, but both sides were quickly able to hammer out a new agreement. The 35-year-old is a .229/.274/.301 hitter over nine major league seasons and figures to play sparingly behind starter Miguel Montero.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 05:36:00 PM

Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that the Diamondbacks have re-signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Nieves was recently non-tendered by the Diamondbacks, but both sides remained motivated to get a deal done. The 35-year-old backstop hit .301/.330/.410 with two homers and eight RBI over 83 at-bats between the Rockies and Diamondbacks this past season and will function as Miguel Montero's backup in 2013.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 01:29:00 PM

Diamondbacks non-tendered C Wil Nieves.

Nieves was claimed off waivers from the Rockies in August. The 35-year-old backstop hit .301/.330/.410 with two homers and eight RBI over 83 at-bats between two teams in 2012. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere in a reserve role.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 12:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Wil Nieves
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
3Jake Goebbert
4Brett Wallace
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Ramiro Pena
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Yangervis Solarte
3Cory Spangenberg
4Josh Bell
LF1Justin Upton
2Carlos Quentin
CF1Wil Myers
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
4Trayvon Robinson
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Brandon Morrow
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Nick Vincent
7Marcos Mateo
8Jose Valverde
9Frank Garces
10Jason Lane
11Chris Rearick
12Jandel Gustave