Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Phillies Add Another Catcher- Wil Nieves

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.

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

How does Carlos Ruiz get 3 YR/$26M and Jarrod Saltalamacchia only 3 YR/$21M?

Age- Ruiz 34, Salty- 38
Salty is entering his prime, while Chooch is losing his skills.

WTF?!

Morak99 said...

Can those of you who remember the late 80's/90's Phillies please answer this for me: is the level of atrociousness the Phillies management has committed the last two seasons better or worse than the late 80's/90's? If so, holy mother of Utley we are in for a long mid-2010s.

GM-Carson said...

The owners used to be cheap, so it was their fault the product on the field was often shit.

Now, the Phillies have one of the highest payrolls, but Amaro invests it foolishly, leading a product that has turned to shit.

Bob D said...

its not as bad as the 1990's

GM-Carson said...

True, because they have star power in Hamels, Utley, Lee, Papelbon, and Howard.

Back then it was Kruk, Schilling, Daulton, and Dykstra.

Close, but not quite.

GM-Carson said...

Kratz sent to Toronto for Brad Lincoln (newest Phucco).

I'll post about this tomorrow.

Bob D said...

Phils have traded Kratz to Toronto for Brad Lincoln a lefty reliever (who has started in past). Not a bad depth pick up, he does have some upside. I like this trade as Kratz became expendable with Nieves signing.

Lincoln will become the next Phucco.

There may be yet another reserve catcher signed by Phils to compete with Nieves and Rupp. Unless Nieves signed for 5 years and $35million...

GM-Carson said...

I'm pretty sure Lincoln is a righty, but bats left.

Morak99 said...

Eh. Half dozen one way, six the other. I hope Rupp gets the chance to at least compete for a spot in spring training.

Bob D said...

Yeah he is a righty, my bad. I like this move despite trading Kratz away. Lincoln has a high upside but control problems on the scale of Aumont. If he figures it out he could be a top reliever....if not then cut by June.