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Wil Nieves | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/25/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. May 13 - 12:17 PM

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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.
May 11 - 3:03 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.
May 4 - 3:22 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.
Apr 12 - 9:21 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.
Apr 5 - 7:51 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.
Feb 3 - 10:32 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.
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

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1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
2Todd Cunningham
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
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PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Williams Perez
7Daniel Winkler
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R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Nick Masset
6Andrew McKirahan
7Trevor Cahill
8Brandon Cunniff
9Eric Stults
10Ian Thomas
11Arodys Vizcaino
12Shae Simmons