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Phillies sign Wil Nieves

Dec 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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Philadelphia has a new backup catcher, as Jon Heyman of reports that the Phillies have signed 36-year-old Wil Nieves after trading Erik Kratz for Brad Lincoln yesterday.

Nieves spent this year with the Diamondbacks, backing up Miguel Montero and hitting .297 with one homer and a .690 OPS in 71 games for the second-highest OPS of his 10-season career.

Now he’ll play behind Carlos Ruiz, who re-signed with the Phillies on a three-year, $26 million deal at age 34.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Another 36 year old .

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      The team seems to be getting older rather than younger. On the other hand, Brad Lincoln is only 28.

      • chew1985 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Oh, Brad… not Abe Lincoln.

        I thought they signed Abe Lincoln, who, at age 204, fits better into their current age matrix.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      It’s the back up Catcher – big deal. By nature there is a 50-50 shot of any back up cather being gone by May. The Red Sox last year had a 36 year old back up catcher who hit .216, and had the most PA as a back up for them.

      I didn’t like Chooch’s deal, Byrd doesn’t bother me so much but I understand the griping. But this one? Who cares

  2. karlkolchak - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Who? Will Nieves!

    (You have to be an ardent Nats fan who remembers the bad old days to understand why that grates)

    • dcfan4life - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      first career home run took 5 years into his career, and it was a walk off home run. ya i dont think he ever did anything else memorable his entire time in Washington. In fact, i dont remember any other hit haha.

  3. ryanrockzzz - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    haha, so you have to wonder when they both get hurt due to old age who’s going to play?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      2006 called, they would like there comment back (Lieberthal and Pratt)

  4. ryanrockzzz - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    And just to build, the Phillies lost 89 games last year.

    So far they have added:

    – Sean Camp (minor league deal, 38)
    – Lincoln (28, basic AAAA guy)
    – Will Nieves (36)
    – Marlon Byrd – we know all about this one

    You re-sign Ruiz on a worse deal than your divison rivals sign a younger better catcher for, and to the god awful dismay of everyone Philadelphia, you tender John Mayberry Jr.

    Where can I buy my season tickets for this playoff juggernut?

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Lmao dude John Mayberry is like the worse athlete to ever see a professional field . I would trade him for a player to be named in 2030 if I can only do that

  6. philadelphialovescheesteaks - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Reuben is delusional if he thinks this team will contend at all next year.

  7. gallaghedj311 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Hahahahaha!!! I’ll always remember driving from south jersey to DC 5 years ago and laughing to myself when listening to DC sports radio and hearing Nats commercials talk about this new young up and comer. Probably had a Will Nieves night or something. I was like, “Who”? The Nats promoted this guy as the next big thing. Hilarious.

  8. phillysports1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Maikel Franco is the next big thing . I guarantee

    • chew1985 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      He’ll go the way of Julio Franco. This is the 30 year anniversary of the Julio Franco miscalculation.

      Why not keep up the fine tradition and trade Maikel for a thirty-something who hit 20 homers once about seven years ago.

  9. yougottalovethepain - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Maikel Franco is having a tough winter in the Dominican Winter League – posted by on 12/2

    The 21-year-old slugged his first homer of the Dominican League season this past week. Overall, in 32 games the righty batting Franco has tallied a .237 average with six doubles, a home run, 11 RBI and three steals. Franco had an excellent 2013, mashing 31 homers and driving in 103 runs in 134 games with Clearwater and Reading during the regular season.

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