Mar 14, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT
Wil Nieves sounds like he’s ready to take over for Tim Federowicz as the Padres’ back-up catcher.
Mar 13, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT
Tim Federowicz has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the meniscus in his right knee and will miss three to six months.
Feb 2, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT
Nieves spent last season backing up Carlos Ruiz with the Phillies.
Sep 27, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT
Justin and B.J. Upton became the first pair of brother teammates since 1900 to each hit a home run and record an outfield assist in the same game.
Jul 12, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will take batting practice and work on blocking baseballs. The hope is to begin a rehab assignment by the weekend.
Jun 29, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
The Phillies and Diamondbacks made a minor trade on Sunday evening, swapping infielder Ronny Cedeno and catcher Raywilly Gomez.
Jun 27, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT
For the second time in eight days, the Phillies placed a catcher on the disabled list. On Friday evening, they placed Carlos Ruiz on the seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms.
May 25, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT
Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett made history with nine no-hit innings Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Mar 14, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT
Instead of letting the backup catcher competition drag on until the end of spring training the Phillies have released Lou Marson, meaning Wil Nieves is in line to be starter Carlos Ruiz‘s understudy. Marson was originally drafted by the Phillies back in 2004 and came up through their farm system before being traded to the…
Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT
By weighted on-base average (wOBA), Darin Ruf (.354) out-hit every Phillie except Chase Utley (.356). PECOTA, the projection system found at Baseball Prospectus, projects Ruf to be more valuable than All-Star Domonic Brown in 2014. And yet, most are expecting Ruf to start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It makes logical sense. The Phillies’…
Jan 14, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT
Rod Barajas has officially called it a career after 14 seasons in the majors, but he’s not going to be out of work: Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the 37-year-old longtime catcher has already accepted a new job as the Padres’ rookie-ball manager. Last season Barajas was released by the Diamondbacks during spring training,…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Dec 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
Philadelphia has a new backup catcher, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com 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…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…
Aug 1, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT
Miguel Montero has had a bad back for some time. It’s gotten too bad so the Dbacks are placing him on the 15-day disabled list. Wil Nieves will take over backstop duties in Arizona. Given Montero’s track record I fully expect him to give an interview in two weeks in which he tells us, in no…
Mar 25, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT
Arizona offered Rod Barajas the backup catcher job in December and when he turned it down the Diamondbacks signed Wil Nieves instead. Barajas eventually ended up taking a minor-league from the Diamondbacks anyway, but today they released him. That means Nieves will be Miguel Montero‘s backup and Barajas will have to go looking for another…
Feb 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
Miguel Montero missed two games with what was initially called a splinter in his thumb, but when the Diamondbacks’ training staff couldn’t actually find a splinter they diagnosed him with an infection. Whatever the case, Montero is back in the lineup today and joked with Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he returned quickly to avoid…
Feb 8, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT
Back in early December the Diamondbacks offered Rod Barajas their backup catcher job and he apparently turned it down, because they ended up re-signing Wil Nieves instead. Two months later Barajas remains a free agent and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have signed him after all. He gets a minor-league…
Dec 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT
In a move that probably puts an end to their pursuit of Rod Barajas the Diamondbacks have re-signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. Magruder reports that Nieves will get $800,000 to serve as Miguel Montero‘s backup, which is the role the Diamondbacks reportedly offered to Barajas previously.…
Dec 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT
Arizona is in the market for a new backup catcher to play behind Miguel Montero and Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks had made an offer to free agent Rod Barajas. Barajas is 37 years old and very stretched as a regular both offensively and defensively, but playing a couple times per week…
Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT
Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…
Aug 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT
Arizona has claimed Wil Nieves off waivers from Colorado after the veteran backup catcher was designated for assignment last week. Miguel Montero‘s usual backup, Henry Blanco, has been sidelined by a thumb injury and is undergoing further tests to determine if he has a torn ligament. Nieves is a career .226 hitter with a .568…
Dec 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT
UPDATE: Done deal. Nieves gets a non-guaranteed contract worth $775,000. ========== 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…
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