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UPDATE: Brewers sign backup catcher Wil Nieves

Dec 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Done deal. Nieves gets a non-guaranteed contract worth $775,000.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing veteran catcher Wil Nieves, who played this year with the Nationals.

Nieves is a run-of-the-mill backup with a good defensive reputation and an anemic bat, hitting .227 with a .570 OPS for his career.

It’s surprising that the Brewers didn’t aim a little higher in their search for a backup catcher given that their starter will be 24-year-old Jonathan Lucroy, who struggled as a rookie this year and had modest production at Double-A and Triple-A.

Lucroy is expected to start 100-plus games and the Brewers no doubt wanted an experienced backup to show him the ropes, but Nieves will be stretched extremely thin if he’s needed more than once or twice a week. Milwaukee also has George Kottaras on the 40-man roster, but all indications are that Nieves will enter the depth chart ahead of him.

  1. nps6724 - Dec 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Back in 2001, I worked as a clubhouse attendant for the Mobile Baybears (then the Padres’ AA affiliate) while Wil was on the team. Nicest guy in the world. A lot of the players either treated the clubbies like shit; Wil never did, no matter how bad a game he had. Class all the way. It made me happy to see him playing for the Nationals not only because he got to the bigs but because I was able to watch him whenever they played the Braves.

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