Heading into the offseason, catching was a priority. Hence, Carlos Ruiz was re-upped for 3 years. Leaving Erik Kratz and Cameron Rupp in a battle for backup backstop. Nope, not so. Enter Wil Nieves, Amaro's lastest over-the-hill addition to the team.
The 36 year old, right-handed hitting catcher has played for 10 seasons with the Padres, Yankess, Nationals, Brewers, Rockies, and most recently Diamondbacks. A career .242/.597 batter in 385 games with a whopping 8 homeruns. His career WAR is -2.6 and he is regarded as a below average defended behind the dish. Nieves was a horrible hitter until the past two seasons (2012- .301/.739 in 32 G, 2013- .297/.690 in 71 G). Crossing my fingers that it's a minor league deal to add depth to the organization, but afraid it might be a guaranteed 2 year contract worth millions.
Thought from a Facebook Friend:
Since 1976, the Phillies have won the NL East 11 times, making it to the World Series 5 times, winning 2 of them. The Braves have won the NL East 12 times, making it to the World Series 2 times, winning 1 of them. No one else in the NL East even comes close. You want to keep living in the 60s and earlier have at it.