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Wil Nieves | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/25/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 47 (0) / SD

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Braves released C Wil Nieves.
Nieves was batting just .238/.324/.286 in 71 plate appearances for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. The 37-year-old catcher will presumably look to latch on with a new organization. He's a weak .241/.280/.317 career hitter in 1,260 plate appearances at the major league level, but catchers tend to have nine lives. Mon, Jun 22, 2015 11:11:00 AM

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Braves signed C Wil Nieves to a minor league contract.

Nieves elected free agency earlier this week after being removed from the Padres' 40-man roster. He's merely a depth addition.
Wed, May 13, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Wil Nieves has elected to become a free agent.

Nieves was designated for assignment by the Padres last week and refused an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 37-year-old is a .241/.280/.317 career hitter in 1,260 plate appearances at the major league level, but veteran catchers tend to find jobs easily.
Mon, May 11, 2015 03:03:00 PM

Padres designated C Wil Nieves for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for prospect Austin Hedges, who is joining the Padres on Monday night. Nieves drew just four starts in his month-long stay with San Diego. The 37-year-old is a .241/.280/.317 career hitter in 1,260 major league plate appearances.
Mon, May 4, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Wil Nieves hit a grand slam in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Nieves was in Triple-A El Paso just a week ago. The Padres called him up to serve as a backup to starter Derek Norris. He made the most of a rare start, smashing a fourth inning grand slam off of Jake Peavy. It would be his only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-4. This was just Nieves' 10th career home run. He's not fantasy relevant.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 09:21:00 PM

Padres purchased the contract of C Wil Nieves from Triple-A El Paso.

The veteran backstop will serve as the primary backup to Derek Norris and make $850,000 for his troubles. He won't hold any fantasy value unless an injury were to strike Norris during the season.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 07:51:00 PM

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.
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 10:32:00 AM

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.
Mon, Feb 2, 2015 05:07:00 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

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